Yasiel Puig could be a productive — and volatile — slugger for some team. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Spring training is underway across the major leagues, with players getting ready for the upcoming season. While free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig remains without a team, that may not be for long. The 29-year-old slugger is reportedly close to signing a deal.

According to Héctor Gomez, the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies have emerged as the front-runners to sign Puig. Furthermore, Puig is reportedly close to making a decision and signing with a team for the 2020 season, according to former Dodgers icon Manny Mota, who shared that news with Gomez.

Puig has remained a free agent throughout the offseason and now into spring training over concerns with his consistency and behavior. He got into a brawl last season during a game and has shown lackadaisical effort at times in the past.

However, he’s also shown he can be a productive player. Last season Puig posted a .297/.377/.423 slash line in 49 games with the Cleveland Indians and hit 22 home runs in 100 games with the Cincinnati Reds.

Puig could step in as the White Sox right fielder for the 2020 season, potentially forming a platoon with Nomar Mazara. If he signs with the Rockies, Puig could see time in right field and center field.

An All-Star in 2014, Puig remains a very talented player. If he can put it all together, he could make a tremendous impact in 2020.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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