Club's top prospects also coveted, but outfielder reportedly not untouchable
By Adam Berry
Could Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig be on the move this week?
The Dodgers have let teams know that Puig could be acquired "in the right deal," USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday night. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Saturday, Puig has not been told by the Dodgers that he won't be traded. The club hasn't confirmed the most recent report.
Puig has not been mentioned as a trade candidate within the Dodgers' internal talks, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Saturday.
According to the USA TODAY report, leading up to Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Dodgers' top prospects are drawing more interest than Puig, who is under club control through the 2019 season.
The 24-year-old right fielder's numbers are down this year, but he has still been a productive player. After batting .305/.386/.502 with 35 home runs over his first two seasons, Puig has hit just .253 with a .750 OPS, six homers and 22 RBIs in 53 games.
The Dodgers are reportedly in the market for at least one starting pitcher to bolster their rotation alongside Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.