3:15PM: Puello has elected free agency, the Marlins announced.
6:48AM: The Marlins outrighted well-traveled outfielder Cesar Puello to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday night, per the Pacific Coast League transactions page. As a player who has been outrighted previously, Puello will have a chance to elect free agency.
Puello, a 28-year-old Dominican, has worked in the Mets, Angels, Rangers, Rays, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Marlins organizations over the course of his twelve-year stateside playing career. Though he’s logged a respectable .290/.372/.431 batting line over the course of 3000-plus minor league at-bats, Puello did not debut in the bigs until 2017. This past season marked his longest exposure to major league pitching. His early-season appearances with the Angels saw him in hot form, with a .350/.500/.683 line in a twelve game sample, before a June trade sent him to the outfielder-needy Marlins. Puello never got it going in Miami, and he wrapped up 2019 with a cumulative .248/.356/.384 slash (104 wRC+) in 147 plate appearances.
Puello was one of thirteen players handed suspensions in 2013 due to their link to the Biogenesis scandal. Then a top-50 prospect with the Mets, Puello was forced to miss 50 games that year owing to his involvement with the Florida clinic accused of providing PEDs to ballplayers.
So called PEDs never helped him so maybe he lands a utility contract
A top 50 talent with PEDs … how do you miss on a team like the marlins lol. Shame on him
Without PEDs, he’s clearly not MLB caliber. More like a journeyman.
Taubman was railroaded. Hopefully he sues the Astros and the 3 ‘journalists’ to kingdom come
little snowflake got triggered by scumbag getting fired?
too bad (he must have an idol of yours. a rare republican with a job. oops, not anymore)
I was with you until you made it political…
Maybe Taubman was the one who decided it was a good idea to trade Giles (and other pieces) for a worse closer who is more expensive and deserved to be fired for that…
Next stop:Long Island Ducks!
He’s a late bloomer