— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 2, 2016
@YasielPuig I’m still sorry, Yasiel. Shouldn’t have happened.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2016
Earlier Monday evening, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig refused to board a team flight to Colorado after being told by team officals he’d either be traded or demoted to Oklahoma City by the afternoon’s trade deadline. Following clarification from Puig’s representatives, Rosenthal, to his credit, sought to set the record straight :
Puig’s agent, Adam Katz, and Dodgers officials said that my initial report — that Puig stormed off after arriving at Dodger Stadium and being given the news — was inaccurate.
“I’m told he never went to the park,” Katz said. “The club informed me and the player understood clearly that they were making every to trade him and that if they were unable to come to terms with another club on a trade — and successful in acquiring another outfielder — that he likely would be demoted. My understanding is that transaction will happen tomorrow.”