RF - FA
Yasiel Puig has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, he remains a free agent. He is asymptomatic and feels good. If he signs with a team, he will have to test negative twice before returning to the field, which could be when games are being played.
Puig was just about to sign with the Atlanta Braves, but unfortunate news has struck him and fantasy players. Given that he is feeling fine, expect him to sign a contract within 7-10 days. He was likely already shaking off some rust, and this just delays him further. He will tumble down draft boards for the time being.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the Braves are signing free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig.
About time. There is no word yet on the financials of the deal but it is likely a one-year contract. The Braves had an opening in right field once Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season and this certainly seems like an upgrade. The 29-year-old outfielder split the 2019 season between the Reds and Indians, totaling 24 homers and 19 steals. He's an enticing fantasy option in the middle of a dangerous Atlanta lineup right now.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the Orioles have made an offer to free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig.
A lot of fantasy analysts are hoping for Puig to land with the Rockies, but hitting in Camden Yards wouldn't be the worst thing for his value. Additionally, Puig would certainly play everyday if he wound up in Baltimore. The 29-year-old should find a home soon. He hit 24 homers and swiped 19 bases just a season ago.
The Giants are interested in signing OF Yasiel Puig as soon as the freeze is lifted, per Jim Bowden of the Athletic.
Puig was drawing interest from the Giants back in April as the team was looking to add outfield depth. He has unable to latch onto a team this off-season and was reportedly looking to secure a long-term deal. With the universal DH now in play for 2020, the Giants could potentially sign Puig to a lucrative one-year contract. The 29-year-old slashed .267/.327/.458 with 24 homers, 84 RBI, 76 runs and 19 stolen bases across 149 games for the Red/Indians in 2019. Puig is currently 52nd among all outfielders in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald reports that Yasiel Puig has multiple contract offers on the table.
Puig told Ebro that the Marlins were one of the first teams to make him an offer. He added, "I asked for a little more money from Miami because playing in front of Cubans would be tough because they would expect me to go 5-5 every day". However, the 29-year-old also said he has other offers on the table at the moment. At this point Puig will likely wait to sign until Major League Baseball has determined whether or not they're having a season in 2020. He hit 24 homers and stole 19 bases a season ago.