Report: Puig, Mattingly didn’t talk at all near end of season

(L-R) Yasiel Puig and Don Mattingly won't have to deal with each other on a daily basis in 2016.

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It’s no secret that Yasiel Puig hasn’t exactly been Mr. Popular on the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the extent to which he has been a problem in the clubhouse is magnified by his relationship with former manager Don Mattingly.

According to a detail from ESPN’s Mark Saxon, Puig and Mattingly did not talk at all toward the end of the skippers’ stay with the Dodgers. That apparently was fine with Puig.

AROUND THE HORN

From Saxon:

Mattingly is out as Dodgers manager and was hired by the Miami Marlins, but Puig remains with the Dodgers. In the past, he has frustrated the team with his lack of focus and effort. Now the team wants him to lose weight.

Given all of the complaints the Dodgers have privately had about Puig, coupled with his poor relationship with Mattingly, the front office has a lot to think about when it comes to potentially trading the outfielder. Perhaps LA’s decision-makers will wait to see if new manager Dave Roberts is able to forge a better relationship with the Cuban slugger. Otherwise the Dodgers might eventually get rid of Puig, which apparently is something their star pitcher would like.