Yasiel Puig has been one of the top free agents available ever since he elected free agency back on the last day of October 2019. Puig has been a free agent ever since. On Tuesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves were reported to have signed Puig for the shortened season per MLB Network's Mark Feinsand.
This move came a week or so after All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the season. The Braves already have a loaded outfield with Acuna, Inciarte, Duval, Ozuna and Riley. Now that Puig is on the team, I believe this makes the Braves one of the top outfield rooms in baseball.
Puig is most known for playing for the Dodgers for the first 6 years of his career. He was then traded to the Reds after the 2018 season, and then again to the Indians during the trade deadline of 2019. It was a tough year for Puig, but being on the Braves gives him a whole new opportunity. With Markakis opting out, I think this could potentially make Puig the starting right fielder.
Puig shows up when he is needed in clutch situations and in the playoffs. He has tons of experience with 58 Postseason games and appearing in 2 World Series. With 9 hits and 8 RBI in the World Series, a team like the Braves is a perfect fit because of the experience he has down the stretch and late in October.
Yasiel has a ton of power; it will only increase the production of the Braves lineup. In his career, he has blasted 132 HR in only 7 seasons in the Majors. One scary thing is his arm strength and overall fielding. He has played 7 games in left field and 67 games in center in his career. Since 2014, Puig has only played right field expect for one time in which he played DH for the Indians.
Puig is one of the most interesting players in the game. He has all 5 tools to be a great player: Speed, Arm Strength, Power, Contact, and Fielding Ability. With only 60 games this year, Puig has a small margin for error knowing he will be a free agent after this season. Puig will undoubtedly succeed in Atlanta and will be a huge addition to the team for the 2020 season.