Before the spread of the new coronavirus delayed the start of the Major League Baseball regular season until an indefinite future, there was essentially one notable free agent on the market: outfielder Yasiel Puig, who shared the last year between the two Ohio-based teams.
Puig recently conducted an interview with Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, in which he admitted that the Miami Marlins were just one of many teams to make offers to him. Puig rejected Miami’s advances, in part because he wanted a bigger deal – especially if it meant playing for a Cuban audience, who he said might have unrealistic expectations for him.
Although Puig did not specify which other teams have inquired about his services, he revealed that he did not believe there would be an MLB season in 2020. “We hope to play in 2021. I don’t think that there will be baseball. in 2020, but if there is, we will be part of a team, “he said. “I have to stay positive. If the coronavirus hasn’t made me negative, nothing will make me negative. “
Puig, 29, has just had an uneven season. He hit .252 / .302 / .475 (95 OPS +) with the Cincinnati Reds before being shipped to Cleveland on the trade deadline. From that moment on, it reached .297 / .377 / .423 (109 OPS +). Remarkably, 22 of Puig’s 24 circuits preceded the exchange, while he changed his approach to be more contacted after being sent across the state as part of a three-team deal that also saw Trevor Bauer and Franmil Reyes change teams.
Earlier in the off-season, league sources told CBS Sports that their concerns with Puig were more related to his maturity than his power outage. Puig, of course, was involved in several antics during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers.