A question that has been lingering since before baseball was shut down finally has an answer: Where will Yasiel Puig play in 2020? For a time it seemed as if the electrifying outfielder might go unsigned for the year in spite of his general skill.
The Atlanta Braves, down one outfielder with the opt-out of Nick Markakis, were the ones to snap Puig up from the free agent market.
Last season Puig hit .267/.327/.458 between two clubs last season, but really shined in the latter half with the Cleveland Indians, showing he still had some reliable power. The Braves will also be looking to add a DH for the coming season and Puig could be a solid fit for them there.
- Dennis Lin tackles the difficult question of what a cancelled MiLB season means for those whose job revolves around the minor leagues. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Kyle Lewis is thrilled for his rookie season with the Mariners, in spite of all the uncertainty, writes Kurt Streeter.
- Matt Martell has a question for all 30 MLB teams.
- From an ace to just another guy in the rotation, Marc Carig and Andy McCullough share insights from insiders about how the tiers of pitching shake out. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- The time for change is now, according to former and present Black MLB players, writes Marly Rivera.
- No one told Bo Bichette the Home Run Derby was cancelled.
- In spite of healthy test results, new restrictions in DC and Los Angeles kept players off the field. Story by Ken Rosenthal and Brittany Ghiroli. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- The newest piece by Sarah R. Ingber, Davy Andrews, and Roger Cormier centers on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and you don’t want to miss this one, it’s a doozy.
- The Tigers fan in me is personally offended by the results of the SI.com staff picking which team will be the worst in 2020.
- Steven Goldman takes a difficult look back over 133 years ago to the decision that brought about the segregation of baseball.
- And to end on a positive note, please go into your day with the same joy that Ji-Man Choi has running the bases in a sim game.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.