Yasiel Puig

Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

For the second winter in a row, the Dodgers have asked outfielder Yasiel Puig to reduce the bulk from his frame, which some evaluators believe has hampered his ability to be effective at the plate in recent years.

Manager Dave Roberts indicated he spoke with Puig last week, as the player continues his offseason program in Miami. Puig is expected to travel to Los Angeles in the first week of January to work with strength-and-conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel. Roberts declined to place an exact number on Puig’s weight loss goal, but emphasized it was less about poundage and more about streamlining his physique.

“With Yasiel, there’s just so much natural...

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