After weeks of expressing my opinion that Yasiel Puig would be an excellent free agent signing and that some team needs to pick him up before the season starts, we're getting reports that he is signing.
And the best part, he's signing with the Atlanta Braves. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported the news this afternoon.
Puig has spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but split last season between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. The All-Star right fielder hit .267 last season with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs.
With right fielder Nick Markakis opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus, it makes perfect sense for the Braves to sign Puig. Plus, with the DH coming to the National League this season, the Braves could have used an extra bat anyway before Markakis decided to opt out.
This is a great day for Braves fans. Just imagining Ronald Acuña, Jr. and Yasiel Puig playing baseball together is a great feeling. Now we'll get to see it play out on the field in just over a week.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.