The Boston Red Sox aren't acquiring Yasiel Puig, but they'll still see him in 2020.
The free-agent outfielder is signing with the Atlanta Braves, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Tuesday. Puig's deal with the Braves is still tentative pending a physical, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
The Red Sox reportedly were among a few teams interested in signing Puig, who split the 2019 season between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.
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The Baltimore Orioles reportedly made Puig a contract offer, but it appears the 29-year-old is headed to Atlanta, where he'll play two three-game series -- from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and from Sept. 25 to 27 -- against the Red Sox during the shortened 2020 MLB season.
While Puig's career with the Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a promising start, the Cuba native has struggled to sustain that success, hitting no better than .267 over the last five seasons. Puig hit .297 with 23 RBIs in 49 games with Cleveland, though, and perhaps he'll benefit from another change in scenery.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, are rolling with an outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Verdugo and platoon man Kevin Pillar after trading star right fielder Mookie Betts this offseason.
Major League Baseball is discussing various scenarios as to how they can salvage the 2020 season. One of those ideas is to realign the divisions around spring training facilities, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
This would mean teams who have spring training in Florida will compete against other teams in Florida with the same going for organizations in Arizona.
The division shakeup could be a breath of fresh air for baseball fans, but how could things shake out for the Boston Red Sox in their new division? We decided to take a look at the proposed Grapefruit League South Division and rank where we think the teams will place. Considering we won't know how many games will be played, we'll rank the teams without including their records.
Nathan Eovaldi was on his game Sunday during his spring training start vs. the Atlanta Braves.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander tossed three shutout innings, allowing only one hit (an infield single) and striking out four.
Watch his four punchouts below:
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Between his first two spring starts, Eovaldi has tallied eight strikeouts and allowed three hits in five innings pitched. If the hard-throwing 30-year-old can carry this momentum into the regular season, that'll be huge for a Red Sox team that has a number of question marks in its pitching staff.
Eovaldi's performance follows what was a sensational outing by Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday vs. the New York Yankees. Unlike that game, Boston was able to earn the win Sunday, edging out Atlanta, 4-2.