The speculation was the latest bit of drama involving Puig, again a focal point after a newly published book by Molly Knight, "The Best Team Money Can Buy," detailed past examples of Puig being a clubhouse distraction.
Manager Don Mattingly dismissed the book's anecdotes as "old news for me" and volunteered that he hadn't heard Puig's name mentioned in internal trade talk.
"I don't know if it's speculation or talk," Mattingly said. "None in the inner circle."
Mattingly said Puig was out of the lineup for a normal night off before a day game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.