Earlier in the season, Dodgers officials had told Puig he would not be traded this year. But as the non-waiver trade deadline neared, the Dodgers reportedly informed interested teams that Puig would be available for trade if the return was high enough.
After pulling Puig off waivers, the Dodgers no longer have the option of trading him this season, as a player can only be placed on revocable waivers once per season.
Teams often put many of their players on waivers before the Aug. 31 deadline, with a small percentage of those players ultimately being traded.
Puig is hitting .246 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs for the Dodgers this year, all career-lows for the 24-year-old. However, he was responsible for driving in all five runs of the Dodgers' 5–0 win over the Nationals on Tuesday, bringing them home on a home run and a triple.
- Erin Flynn