PHOENIX – In a story that ran in the Tuesday edition of The Times, I wrote about how the service time Yasiel Puig accrues this season could determine when he becomes a free agent.
If he spends 20 or more days in the minor leagues, the Dodgers will be able to hold onto their prized Cuban outfielder for an extra year, because an extended stay in the minors makes him eligible for free agency after the 2019 season rather than the 2018 season.
Less of an issue, but an issue nonetheless, is a clause in Puig’s contract that allows him to opt out of the seven-year, $42-million deal if he accrues enough service time.
Here’s how it works:
Once Puig has enough service time to have become arbitration-eligible had he not signed this particular deal, he can void the contract. That doesn't make Puig a free agent, but it allows him to have his salary determined by arbitration.