MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported on Saturday that the Orioles made at least one contract offer to free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig. The details of the offer are not known.
Puig, 29, was a league-average hitter last year with the Reds and Indians, posting an even 100 OPS+. He slashed .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases across 611 plate appearances. Puig stayed in Ohio but went from Cincinnati to Cleveland at the trade deadline last year as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Padres.
Puig said in April that he received multiple contract offers, including from the Marlins. He turned the Marlins down because he wanted more money, saying that there would be added pressure from Cuban fans in Miami. He claimed the Cuban fans “would expect me to go 5-5 every day.” The White Sox and Rockies reportedly had interest back in February as well. While things have changed in the time since, it seems reasonable to expect that Puig would accept only a guaranteed major league contract from the Orioles.
The Orioles have yet to see Dwight Smith Jr. and Anthony Santander in training camp, so Puig would be a good solution in a pinch. At the moment, their outfield consists of Austin Hays, DJ Stewart, and Mason Williams.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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