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Yasiel Puig says he wants to be a starter, whether it's with Dodgers or not

Yasiel Puig says he wants to be a starter, whether it's with Dodgers or not

For the first time since 2013, the year he debuted in the major leagues and created outsized expectations for his future, Yasiel Puig entered this off-season without a firm grasp on a starting job for the Dodgers.

His performance in 2016 cost him ownership of right field and reduced him to a part-time role for the playoffs. After years of different off-season mandates — Behave yourself! Lose weight! — Puig is approaching spring training with a more basic goal: Play better.

“I want to be a starter again, whether it’s here or anywhere else,” Puig said through an interpreter at a Coffee Bean in Studio City, on the first day of the team’s annual community tour. “I’m...

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