Yasiel Puig reportedly will not be wearing orange and black next season, and will be signing the Atlanta Braves.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was first to report the news on Tuesday.
Yasiel Puig is signing with the Braves, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 14, 2020
The Giants, in the beginning, reportedly were one of the teams in the running for the free-agent outfielder, but he will be going elsewhere.
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on the Tim Kawakami Show that they weren't "really having any active conversations with anyone outside the organization," when asked about possibly acquiring Puig.
Puig to the Braves makes perfect sense as outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. He felt uneasy about playing without fans and was swayed a bit with Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman testing positive for the coronavirus.
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For now, Puig still needs to pass a physical and a COVID-19 test before the deal becomes official.
Puig is entering his eighth season in the majors and was an All-Star in 2014. Across seven seasons and three teams, Puig has a .277/.348/.475 slash line with 132 home runs and 415 RBI, which is good for an .823 career OPS.
MLB rumors: Yasiel Puig signing with Braves, not Giants, as free agent originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area