Former Cuban phenom, Yasiel Puig, has found himself a new home.
The 29-year-old outfielder is set to join the Atlanta Braves after months of speculation as to where he would end up.
Rumors began to circulate that the San Francisco Giants had an interest in Puig, and as recently as two days ago, the Baltimore Orioles offered the outfielder a job.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand was the first to report the Orioles offer and the Braves eventual signing of Puig.
Puig defected from Cuba back in 2012 and signed a seven-year $42 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His tenure in LA can best be described as bumpy, with some incredible highs (2014 All-Star) and bad lows, including being optioned to the minor leagues on more than one occasion later in his time with the team. Puig was also suspended for a game after making an obscene gesture at a fan in Cleveland after he hit a home run.
Following the 2018 Season, the Dodgers jettisoned the outfield to the Cincinnati Reds along with outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Alex Wood for pitcher Homer Bailey and couple other players.
Puig’s stint with the Reds did not last very long. He was shipped to the Cleveland Indians at the 2019 trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Trevor Bauer. Puig once again found trouble, this time for partaking in a bench-clearing brawl against the Pittsburgh Pirates and was subsequently suspended for three games.
Atlanta was on the market for an outfielder after Nick Markakis announced he would be sitting out the season due to fears of contracting COVID-19. With players already reporting to camp and the season only a few weeks away, the Braves and Puig appear to be a match for each other.
The terms of Puig’s deal have yet to be reported, as the deal is pending a physical.
*Updated July 17*
According to Fox Sports: MLB, Puig has tested positive for COVID-19 and will no longer sign with the Atlanta Braves.