This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
A few random notes as we head into the last two months of the season.
• I've purposely avoided writing up Yasiel Puig in the Barometer this year. Even a visit to the Fallers section can't motivate him. I voice my displeasure with Puig on Twitter frequently because I can't believe a guy with so much talent can't figure out how to be a positively contributing major league ballplayer. From all accounts, Puig is arrogant, immature and unwilling to work on his game. For goodness' sake, the guy has yet to hit 20 home runs in the majors. After vowing this February to avoid him in drafts at all costs, I ended up with a couple shares because he was a "value" at depressed ADPs. It turns out his recent fracas was incorrectly reported, but it still doesn't change my opinion that the Dodgers won't end their 28-year World Series drought as long as he's on the roster. #PuigGoAway
• One of our biggest mistakes in 12-team leagues is holding on to players because of name recognition or because we're waiting for them to "earn" the draft slot we paid for them. Three names that come to mind are Brett Lawrie, Josh Harrison and Michael Conforto. These are dime-a-dozen players in 12-teamers, and it's good to recognize when to cut bait. Lawrie's 12 homers and seven stole bases aren't bad, but it took me four months and a DL trip to realize just how unhelpful he has been.