Top 10 MLB players benefiting from coronavirus layoff, ranked

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice before Game Six of the League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images)
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Top 10 MLB players benefiting from hiatus

Yasiel Puig (Career: 18.0 fWAR | 20.0 bWAR)

One of the more surprising stories this offseason is the lack of interest on behalf of MLB teams for the once highly regarded Cuban player. In fact, at the time of writing this Yasiel Puig remains a free agent and available to any team requiring a better-than-average outfielder.

Puig has gained a bad reputation over the last few seasons. In a game so conservative as baseball, the league doesn’t take to kindly to MLB players that pimp fly balls and lick their bats, even though the recent motto urges teams to “let the kid’s play.”

The fact of the matter is that Puig is a super-competent hitter with an elite glove in the outfield. This is a guy who will put 20-25 balls in the stands while getting on-base at a .350 clip in any given season. He’s also one a player who since arriving in 2013 ranks 11th among all outfielders with 28 DRS.

What’s more, last season he made just $9.7M while producing more like a Josh Reddick who made $13M.

The good news for Puig, however, is that this hiatus will allow him more time to find a new team to call his home. Perhaps the New York Yankees, who can’t seem to escape the injury bug or the San Francisco Giants, who are still in need of a competent outfielder. Somebody will bite, it’s a matter of when not if.