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I know, it’s a lot to take in. One of Giants’ fans most universally well-loved players, Yasiel Puig, will not be heading to The Bay. This comes after reports over the last few months that the Giants were likely to pursue Puig in free agency. Alas, it appears that won’t be the case.
Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Puig’s new home will be in Atlanta, with the Braves.
Yasiel Puig is signing with the Braves, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 14, 2020
Per online sportsbook Bovada, the Braves are tied with the Houston Astros for the third-best odds to win the World Series at +1200. Both the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are frontrunners at +375.
Fans will remember seeing Puig at least a dozen times a year when he played for the Dodgers, most notably for fighting then-Giants catcher Nick Hundley in what became a large-scale scrap. Puig is a .275 hitter (.277 for his career) with a .334 on-base percentage (.348 for his career), with 11 home runs and 41 RBI against the Giants.