Yasiel Puig tested positive for coronavirus and will not sign with the Atlanta Braves


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Yasiel Puig tested positive for coronavirus and will not sign with the Atlanta Braves

The Cuban baseball player had everything arranged to reach the Georgia franchise, but the infection would have slowed the deal.

The gardener Yasiel Puig, Cuban baseball player of the MLB, announced that he tested positive for coronavirus, something that would lead him not to sign his link with Atlanta Braves as previously thought.

MLB.com reported Tuesday that the Central American agreed to a one-year contract with the defending eastern champions, pending a physical examination. According to The Athletic, an agreement with the player had not yet been concluded and the franchise will now go in search of another player.

Puig announced on Twitter that he is asymptomatic and will be quarantined until he performs two negative tests for the virus. “It saddens me that this has happened, but I believe that everything is in God’s time,” he wrote.

The former Cleveland Indians were expected to fill a gap in the Atlanta outfield after veteran Nick Markakis announced that he would choose not to play in the 2020 season.

The 2014 All-Star hit .267 with 24 homeruns and set records with 84 runs and 19 stolen bases last season that had him with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.

Photo: Getty Images


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