Puig signed with Veracruz of the Mexican League on Tuesday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
Puig failed to find a major-league club last season, though he did appear close to a deal with Atlanta at one point before a positive COVID-10 test scrapped those plans. He again failed to find a deal this offseason, so he'll head to Mexico instead. He's only 30 years old, so it's certainly possible he finds his way back to the MLB level eventually, but there's no particular reason to believe that will happen anytime soon.
Puig agreed to a contract Saturday with Dominican Winter League club Tores del Este, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Puig ended up sitting out the entire 2020 campaign after the contract he agreed to with the Braves in late July fell through following his positive test for COVID-19. The outfielder looks to be healthy again now that he's competing in the Dominican Republic, where he'll presumably be aiming to showcase himself to MLB teams this winter. The 29-year-old slashed .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in his last full season in the majors in 2019.
Puig's reported deal with the Braves has been scrapped after the outfielder tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The reported contract between the two sides had apparently never been formally agreed to and is now off the table, as Puig evidently won't be ready to play early enough for Atlanta to be interested. There's certainly still a chance he signs somewhere this season, though the fact that he hasn't been on a field even in a practice capacity since last September means it may take some time for him to get in game shape once he eventually clears league protocols by testing negative for the virus twice. More opportunities for the likes of Austin Riley, Adam Duvall and Johan Camargo should be available in Atlanta now that Puig isn't joining the team.
Puig revealed on his personal Twitter page Friday that he'd tested positive for COVID-19.
Puig is reportedly asymptomatic, but he'll nevertheless be forced to quarantine until passing MLB protocols, which include testing negative for the virus twice. The outfielder was already going to have a tough time getting ready by Opening Day, as he only just signed a contract with the Braves on Tuesday, but now he'll almost certainly miss time to start the year. Even when he clears league protocols, the fact that he's had zero practice time since last September is sure to have an effect early in the year. His absence likely means more at-bats or Adam Duvall, though Johan Camargo could also benefit if Austin Riley spends more time in left field.
Puig signed with the Braves on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The terms of the deal have not yet been made public. It's also unclear whether Puig will be ready to go at the start of the season, as Opening Day is just over a week away and he'll likely have to sit out a few more days to go through intake testing protocols. Once he eventually arrives, he'll be a key piece for a strong Braves lineup, taking the spot that had been reserved for Nick Markakis, who elected to opt out of the season.
Puig has drawn interest from the Orioles, who have made at least one contract offer, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The Orioles do have holes in the outfield (and in most other areas of their roster), especially with Trey Mancini out for the year while undergoing treatment for colon cancer. Baltimore is a natural fit for Puig in that sense, though it's not entirely clear why they'd want to add a significant amount to their payroll in a season in which they aren't expected to be close to competitive. If Puig does wind up with the Orioles, he'll get to play half his games in one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the league, but he may not be ready to go by Opening Day, which is less than two weeks away.
The Giants are among the teams expected to be in the mix to sign Puig when MLB lifts its freeze on transactions Friday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Rumors previously surfaced in April that the outfielder-needy Giants were interested in bringing Puig aboard, so it's no surprise the team intends to reach out to the 29-year-old now that MLB training camps are scheduled to reopen next week. Puig may not be in line for a multi-year contract after struggling to find a team willing to meet his asking price in free agency over the winter, but MLB's decision to implement a universal designated hitter for at least 2020 should help his case for landing a lucrative one-year deal. Between stops with the Reds and Indians in 2019, Puig slashed .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases.
Puig says he has contract offers on the table but they aren't in his price range, Jorge Ebro of el Nuevo Herald reports.
He said in Spanish that he knows he "will have a team when (the pandemic) is over." Puig, who is from Cuba, also noted that he asked for a little more money from the Marlins because of the added pressure he would have faced playing in front of Cuban fans. He did not address the notion of playing in a foreign league.
Puig is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.
Puig will sit for the second straight contest after the Indians were eliminated from playoff contention Friday. The 28-year-old will enter free agency this offseason after posting a .267/.327/.458 slash line with 24 home runs, 84 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 149 games between the Reds and Indians.
Puig will sit Saturday against the Nationals.
Cleveland will rest several starters after getting eliminated from playoff contention Friday. Franmil Reyes makes a rare start in right field in Puig's place.
Puig went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a pair of runs Tuesday in the Indians' 11-0 win over the White Sox.
Puig hasn't homered since Aug. 16, but he's at least been making contact at a prolific clip in the final month of the season. Through 20 games in September, Puig is batting .392 and reaching base at .471 clip. Puig should remain locked into the cleanup spot for the final five games of the season with the Indians battling the Athletics and Rays for one of the American League's two wild-card spots.
Puig went 4-for-5 with a single and RBI on Wednesday against the Tigers.
Puig reached base on four singles, with the last accounting for the game-winning run. While he hasn't connected for a home run since Aug. 16, Puig has at least one hit in 13 of his last 15 appearances. He'll look to continue showcasing his ability to get on base and generate more power to close the season while improving on his .265/.324/.457 line across 581 plate appearances for the campaign.
Puig is not in Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.
He is hitting .200 with zero home runs and one steal in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games. Greg Allen will start in right field and bat ninth.
Puig has gone 5-for-34 with three runs, two RBI and a 5:9 BB:K over his last nine games.
Puig provided a pair of doubles in Tuesday's win over the Tigers but has otherwise been slumping at the plate for the past week and a half following a hot start to his tenure with the Tribe. Despite his slump, Puig will continue to stick in the cleanup spot for the Indians in Thursday's series finale.
Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored Saturday in the Indians' 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
Puig hasn't missed a beat since returning from a three-game suspension Thursday, going 5-for-12 with two extra-base hits, four RBI and three runs in the first three contests of the series in New York. He'll be back in the lineup for the finale, batting out of the cleanup spot and occupying right field.
Puig (suspension) was reinstated Thursday and will start against the Yankees.
The 28-year-old returns to the starting nine after serving a three-game suspension for his role in a fight while playing for the Reds. Puig will start in right field, batting fourth.
Puig will begin serving his three-game suspension Monday.
Puig was suspended three games at the beginning of August for his role in Cincinnati's benches-clearing incident with the Pirates. The outfielder was able to continue playing while appealing the suspension, but he'll miss Cleveland's upcoming series with the Red Sox after dropping his appeal. Look for Puig to rejoin the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Yankees. Tyler Naquin and Greg Allen should cover the outfield corners in the meantime.
Puig went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Twins.
The long ball was his 23rd of the year but Puig's first since the trade from the Reds. The 28-year-old is now slashing a dazzling .378/.439/.595 through his first 10 games with Cleveland.
Puig went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
The slugger is still looking for his first homer in a Cleveland uniform, but otherwise Puig has delivered a needed jolt of adrenaline to the team's offense. In nine games since coming over from the Reds, the 28-year-old is slashing .333/.405/.455 with two steals, four RBI and four runs.
Puig went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Astros.
In his first game as an American Leaguer, Puig laced a double off Gerrit Cole in the fourth inning but was later thrown out trying to score from third base on a flyball out. He also walked and swiped second base in the seventh to notch his 15th steal of the season. Puig figures to get plenty of opportunities to ignite the offense with his new club, though he'll almost certainly miss some time in the near future pending his appeal of a three-game suspension meted out earlier this week.
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