Yasiel Puig was expected to sign with the Braves but will instead remain a free agent, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Both the Braves and Puig have yet to reach a formal agreement and hope to proceed if he does not test positive for COVID-19.
Puig says he is asymptomatic and plans to quarantine until he receives two negative test results.
"I am sad that this happened, but I believe that everything is in God's timing," Puig wrote on Instagram. "When I return to the field, I will do so knowing that I have one less hurdle to overcome."
Last season, he batted .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 149 games with the Reds and Cleveland. Puig would have been a solid contributor both offensively and defensively. The Braves are still looking for an additional bat following the failed deal.