Former U-18 Baseball World Cup/MLB star Yasiel Puig to play in Mexican Baseball League (LMB)

Former U-18 Baseball World Cup/MLB star Yasiel Puig to play in Mexican Baseball League (LMB)
22/04/2021
The 30-year old outfielder didn't play in the abbreviated 2020 MLB season after testing positive to COVID-19.

Cuban Yasiel Puig will continue his professional baseball career in Mexico. He reportedly signed with Águila de Veracruz of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB, Liga Mexicana de Béisbol, a WBSC associate member).

The 30-year old outfielder born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, made an impact in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2008, starring as the everyday center fielder for bronze medal winners Cuba.

He signed a US$ seven-year and 42-million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2012 and became a rookie-sensation in 2013. The following season, he became the youngest player to be selected for the All-Star Game since Steve Sax in 1982.

The Dodgers traded Puig to the Cincinnati Reds before the 2019 season. The Reds sent him to Cleveland at the July trade deadline. Puig became a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

He tested positive to COVID-19 in July 2020 and didn't play in the abbreviated MLB season.

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