Yasiel Puig will continue his career with the Atlanta Braves. The expressive Cuban has just signed a one-year contract with the Braves, thus completing a long search for an employer in the free agency market. However, on 20 July, he announced that he is infected with COVID-19. Now his fans are wondering if the disease is an obstacle to the contract?
29 years-old Puig has long been one of the most famous unemployed baseball players this offseason, which, however, was facilitated by the freezing of transfer activity of clubs during the pandemic. It is known that Baltimore and Miami had previously shown interest in Puig. Besides, he could have pursued his career in South Korea. However, Puig managed to find a job on the team of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, whom Puig is familiar with from the Los Angeles Dodgers. It seemed that he had finally found his team.
The Braves made such a move in the transfer market as a reaction to Nick Markakis’ announcement about skipping the upcoming season. Puig, in this sense, judging by the results of last season, should give Atlanta a game performance similar to that of Markakis. The leading three Atlanta outfielders are Marcell Ozuna, Ender Inciarte, and Ronald Acuña Jr. However, the presence of Yasiel Puig, together with Adam Duvall, allows the Braves to rotate players in the positions of the flank outfielders.
Yasiel Puig played for the two teams last season. Even though Puig looked weaker than usual in the attack, his results can be considered good enough – .267 / .327 / .458 with 24 home runs.
Upon arrival at training camp, Puig tested positive for the coronavirus and then went in quarantine. The conclusion of the contract collapsed, at least for now. We’ll see how this evolves.
Will Puig in Atlanta or not? What do you think?
Also, you can read Nick Markakis Opts Out of the 2020 Season.