Braves strike one-year deal with Puig
Multiple outlets reported free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Braves agreed to terms on a one-year contract, pending Puig passing a physical.
Puig, 29, hit a combined .267 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI last season for the Reds and Indians. He was the last big-name free agent from the offseason who had not signed.
The reigning National League East champion Braves were facing a depth problem in their outfield after Nick Markakis opted out of the season before summer camp because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said he is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn through the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head.
Tanaka was hit on the right side of his head by a shot off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton during batting practice July 4. He said he has no concussion symptoms, but he hasn’t thrown off a mound since.
The Rangers furloughed about 60 fulltime employees indefinitely, 10 days before they open their new ballpark without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rangers owner Ray Davis said in a statement that severe financial consequences of the virus-caused shutdown and lingering uncertainty about when fans will be allowed at games left the organization out of options.
The Twins said center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage after slipping while chasing a fly ball during an intrasquad game Monday.
The Royals said left-hander Danny Duffy will be their Opening Day starter July 24 against the Indians.