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Former MLB outfielder Yasiel Puig signs with KBO league’s Kiwoom Heroes

Former major league outfielder Yasiel Puig signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Korea Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes, according to a report Wednesday from Yonhap, a South Korean news agency.

According to the report via Twitter from Yonhap’s Jeeho Yoo, the club’s official announcement is expected soon.

Puig also tweeted about the signing, writing: “Tomorrow I will make clear why I made this important decision. Right now, I want to enjoy the moment.”

Puig, 31, last played in the majors during the 2019 season, appearing in 100 games for the Cincinnati Reds and 49 with Cleveland before becoming a free agent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2021 at 09:14 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: December 09, 2021 at 10:21 AM (#6056778)
Mr. Puig was/is an interesting, if flawed, player and personality. I hope he can resurrect his career in Korea.
   2. Buck Coats Posted: December 09, 2021 at 11:54 AM (#6056789)
Puig also tweeted about the signing, writing: “Tomorrow I will make clear why I made this important decision. Right now, I want to enjoy the moment.”


I assume the answer was a photo of the million dollars?
   3. You can keep your massive haul Posted: December 09, 2021 at 12:40 PM (#6056793)
One of my softball buddies is a huge Dodger fan. He has a picture with Puig right before a Dodger playoff game at a bowling alley. Apparently Puig was doing a charity event of some sort and then had a drink after (tropical looking drink with umbrella etc.). He had a handler that asked my friend to be discreet and not say anything on social media about it until after the game and asked if there was anything they could do for him. My buddy said can we get a photo together?

Puig proceeded to get the game winning hit that night.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 09, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6056795)
I assume the answer was a photo of the million dollars?

The answer was a comment about having a lot of fans in Korea, plus the Gagnam Style video with Puig's head superimposed on Psy's body. I'm not sure what I expected but...it wasn't that.

   5. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 09, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6056805)
Could definitely see Puig going the Eric Thames route and having a successful come back after a few years outside of MLB.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 09, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6056809)
Puig had .9 WAR in 2019 at age 28. His previous two seasons were 2.3 and 3.4 WAR. He'll never be the star that he looked like he'd become in his first two seasons, but that level of production would typically warrant a lot more than a million bucks from an MLB team. This just shows how much baggage he has as a player.
   7. Rally Posted: December 09, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6056814)
He’s made over 51 million in his career, so a 1 million salary to him probably felt like a ransom demand of 1 million by Dr. Evil felt to the leaders of the world in 1997.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 09, 2021 at 03:27 PM (#6056820)
#6 ... true enough but he's also been affected by the cancellation of the minors in 2020 and now the lockout. Who knows when MLB will start, it will probably have a shortened spring training when it does and if the season is shortened too, he'd have less time to show something in the minors. I'd recommend almost any fringe player with a decent foreign league offer to take it.
   9. sanny manguillen Posted: December 09, 2021 at 05:02 PM (#6056832)
Will Craig, the young fellow who got victimized in the Javy Baez rundown last year, went with Kiwoom at midseason and batted .249. I hope this signing doesn't mean that he's looking for a job again.
   10. Itchy Row Posted: December 09, 2021 at 06:11 PM (#6056837)
I'd recommend almost any fringe player with a decent foreign league offer to take it.
Julio Franco wasn't a fringe player, but he did that during the last stoppage. Maybe Puig will come back and play until he's 49.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 09, 2021 at 08:00 PM (#6056846)
Will Craig, the young fellow who got victimized in the Javy Baez rundown last year, went with Kiwoom at midseason and batted .249. I hope this signing doesn't mean that he's looking for a job again.


According to an article from yesterday by a Korean news agency, "They have retained rights to Craig for now." However, KBO teams have a limit of three foreign players, and generally they sign two pitchers and one hitter. It would be very unusual for Kiwoom to keep both Craig and Puig.
   12. salvomania Posted: December 10, 2021 at 12:28 PM (#6056891)
I was in Pittsburgh for a wedding back in 2013, and the next day a large gang of attendees went to see the Dodgers play the Pirates.

Puig had been called up less than two weeks earlier and had been an immediate sensation, hitting .455/.478/.773 over his first 12 games.

But the real draw was Gerritt Cole, making his second major-league start, squaring off against Zack Greinke. I don't recall Cole being dominant, and the box score reveals just one strikeout and 7 hits allowed in 5-2/3 innings (three of those hits came in the 6th before he was lifted).

Puig, though, had three of the hits (all singles) off of Cole, and I came away thinking I was seeing two guys who might be big-time stars for the next decade. But 2013 ended up being Puig's high-water mark in OPS+ (159) and his bWAR (4.7) was just tick below his career high (4.9), achieved the following year in 200+ more plate appearances.

Another guy who made an impression on me was then-set-up man Mark Melancon (Jason Grilli was the closer), who seemed unhittable, and who has enjoyed a nice run of excellence in the years since.

It was a Sunday, but still, the lineup the Dodgers trotted out that day is almost comical, reflecting a team that was 10 games under .500 (yet one that would go 63-31 the rest of the way to win the NL West):


Skip Schumaker-2b
Nick Punto-ss
Adrian Gonzalez-1b
Yasiel Puig-rf
Andre Ethier-cf
Tim Federowicz-c
Luis Cruz-3b
Alex Castellanos-lf
Zack Greinke-p
   13. sanny manguillen Posted: December 10, 2021 at 12:48 PM (#6056892)
It would be very unusual for Kiwoom to keep both Craig and Puig.


Thank you!
   14. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 10, 2021 at 06:20 PM (#6056937)
Skip Schumaker-2b
Nick Punto-ss
Adrian Gonzalez-1b
Yasiel Puig-rf
Andre Ethier-cf
Tim Federowicz-c
Luis Cruz-3b
Alex Castellanos-lf
Zack Greinke-p
YIKES. There were three big-league hitters in that lineup.
   15. baxter Posted: December 10, 2021 at 06:48 PM (#6056940)
14. Four, if you count Greinke, who is an excellent hitting pitcher.
   16. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: December 10, 2021 at 08:33 PM (#6056945)
I always got a little confused because "Skip Schumaker" should be racing cars, or announcing them.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 11, 2021 at 03:59 AM (#6056986)
I always got a little confused because "Skip Schumaker" should be racing cars, or announcing them.


That would be even more evident if he went by his middle name, which would make him Michael Schumaker.
   18. rr would lock Shaq's a$$ up Posted: December 11, 2021 at 11:15 PM (#6057057)
"Kiwoom Heroes" is an outstanding team name.

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