‘GREAT OPPORTUNITY’: Indians’ Yasiel Puig turns into American citizen

Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig turned an American citizen on Wednesday, 9 years after defecting from Cuba.

Puig shared the information on Twitter: “Thanks God for this nice alternative to be an American citizen.”

He’s the fourth Indians participant to turn into a citizen this 12 months, becoming a member of first baseman Carlos Santana, infielder Hanley Ramirez and left-hander Oliver Perez. Ramirez was designated for task in April.

Puig, 28, starred on the Cuban nationwide group earlier than being transported overseas in 2010. He initially ventured to Mexico and negotiated a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in June 2012.

Puig was traded to Cincinnati final December earlier than being concerned in a three-team take care of Cleveland on July 31.

Puig was a risky participant in a benches-clearing incident between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30. He’s presently serving a three-game suspension.

He’s batting .263 with 23 homers, 67 RBIs and 56 runs scored in 111 video games this season. He’s a profession .277 hitter with 131 homers and 398 RBIs in seven seasons with the Dodgers, Reds and Indians.