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Yasiel Puig Biography, Wife, Age, Net Worth, Contract, Defection, and Dodgers

Yasiel Puig {Full name- Yasiel Puig Valdés (/ˈjɑːsiɛl) is a Cuban-born professional baseball right fielder who was born on December 7, 1990, Cienfuegos, Cuba. He plays for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Yasiel Puig Biography

Yasiel Puig {Full name- Yasiel Puig Valdés (/ˈjɑːsiɛl) is a Cuban-born professional baseball right fielder who was born on December 7, 1990, Cienfuegos, Cuba. He plays for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Puig previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, gave him the nickname “The Wild Horse,”. Puig is the all-time leader in postseason appearances for the Dodgers with 58.

Puig won a bronze medal when he played for the Cuba national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship. He defected from Cuba in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig made his MLB debut on June 3, 2013. Puig hit .319 in 104 games with 19 home runs, and was selected by Baseball America to their annual “All-Rookie team” in 2013.

Yasiel Puig Family

Puig was born the elder of two children of Omar and Maritza Puig in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He has a sister named Yaima Puig. Puig’s father was an engineer in a sugar cane factory. He began playing baseball at the age of 9.

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Yasiel Puig Wife | Girlfriend

Puig announced the birth of his son, Daniel Sebastian on February 2, 2017, on Twitter and Instagram. He has two other sons: Diego Alejandro, who was born in December 2013, and Damian Yair, born in January 2018. He has a longtime girlfriend, Andrea De La Torre.

Yasiel Puig Age

Puig was born on December 7, 1990, in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He subsequently defected to Mexico in order to be able to sign a contract with the MLB. Yasiel Puig is 28 years old as of 2018.

Yasiel Puig Cuba

In 2008, Yasiel Puig played for the Cuban national baseball team World Junior Baseball Championship, winning a bronze medal. In the 2008–09 Cuban National Series, he played for the Cienfuegos team of the Cuban National Series. He batted .276 with five home runs in his debut season.

In the 2009–10 Cuban National Series, Yasiel Puig enjoyed a breakout season with a .330 batting average, 17 home runs, 47 runs batted in (RBIs), and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats. Puig also played for the Cuban national team in the 2011 World Port Tournament, where he tried to defect along with teammate Gerardo Concepción. Concepción was successful while Puig was not, and he was disciplined by not being allowed to play during the 2011–12 seasons.

Yasiel Puig Defection

Yasiel Puig tried to defect to Mexico 13 times from 2009, in order to become a legal resident so he could become eligible to sign a contract in Major League Baseball. In his first attempt, the police pulled over Puig’s car. During the second time, the boat failed to arrive. The third time, police raided their safe house and detained them for six days. On the fourth attempt, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant intercepted their boat near Haiti.

Puig was successfully taken to Mexico by Los Zetas on his fifth trial, a murderous Mexican drug cartel involved in cocaine and smuggling. Yunior Despaigne, a boxer who was formerly on the Cuban national team and had known Puig for years through youth sports academies, said:

“I don’t know if you could call it a kidnapping, because we had gone there voluntarily, but we also weren’t free to leave. If they didn’t receive the money, they were saying that at any moment they might give him (Yasiel Puig) a Machetazo” — a whack with a machete — “chop off an arm, a finger, whatever, and he would never play baseball again, not for anyone.”

The 29-year-old president of Miami-based T&P Metal and PY Recycling, Floridian Raul Pacheco, allegedly paid smugglers $250,000 to get Puig out of Cuba. Pacheco would receive 20% of Puig’s future earnings in exchange after he signed an MLB contract. Pacheco has a criminal record for attempted burglary in 2009 and in 2010 for using a fake Bank of America credit card to buy $150,000 worth of beer. He also had in his possession four other fraudulent credit cards and a fake ID card. Pacheco was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Puig has paid Pacheco over $1.3 million according to court records. He also paid $400,000 to $500,000 to Alberto Fariñas, the 49-year-old vice president of Pacheco’s T&P Metal company, and $600,000 to Marcos González, a Miami lawyer. Yasiel also paid an undisclosed amount to Gilberto Suarez, founder of a start-up company called Miami Sports Management.

Yasiel Puig Dodgers

On June 28, 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Puig to a seven-year contract worth $42 million. Eddie Oropesa and special-education teacher Tim Bravo helped the newly arrived Yasiel Puig adjust to life in the United States during his first year. The Dodgers placed him on the 40-man roster and assigned him to their Arizona Rookie League team. He hit .400 with four homers and 11 RBI in nine games.

Yasiel Puig made his Dodgers debut on June 3, 2013. He singled to left-center off Eric Stults of the San Diego Padres in his first career at-bat. Puig was 2-for-4 in the game and showcased his strong arm by recording an outfield assist on a double play to end the game.

Wasserman Media Group announced that it had “terminated its professional relationship” with Puig on February 7, 2018. He remained without representation until when he signed with Beverly Hills Sports Council in April 2018. Puig left a game due to left hip soreness on April 28, 2018. with the injury occurring while he was making a catch against the outfield wall. This led to Puig’s placement on the 10-day disabled list the next day.

Puig got into an altercation with Nick Hundley at home plate on August 14, 2018 which started when he shoved Hundley. This caused a bench-clearing brawl with both Hundley and Yasiel Puig being ejected. Puig had the lowest fielding percentage among major league right fielders, at .958.

Yasiel Puig Reds

The Dodgers traded Puig to the Cincinnati Reds on December 21, 2018, along with Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer, and cash considerations in exchange for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs, and Josiah Gray.

In a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 7, 2019, Yasiel Puig was ejected after his role in a bench-clearing incident involving Chris Archer, Derek Dietrich, David Bell, Amir Garrett, and Keone Kela, and Felipe Vazquez. Puig received a two-game suspension on April 9, as a punishment for his role in the incident.

Yasiel Puig Net Worth | Contract

Yasiel Puig is a Cuban professional baseball player who has a net worth of $18 million. Yasiel Puig was born in 1990 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and defected from his home country in 2012. That same year he signed a 7-year $42 million contract with the Dodgers.

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