Yasiel Puig Out of a KBO Job with Kiwoom Heroes

By AM Gonzalez

Controversial Cuban baseball player Yasiel Puig continues to be the talk of the KBO and now the Kiwoom Heroes team, where he played last season, made an official statement on December 1 regarding the contract with the Cuban slugger.

In this opportunity, the official Twitter accounts of Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) and Daniel Kim (@DanielKimW) replicated the decision of the Asian team not to renew Puig’s contract for 2023. The club makes this decision after the recent allegations and legal uncertainties surrounding the Cuban outfielder, who faces charges of gambling in an illegal operation and, he himself pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Puig placed 899 bets on soccer, basketball and tennis during 2019, for which he faces a five-year prison sentence as reported by Front Office Sports on its social networks. Although new evidence led the outfielder to withdraw his guilty plea and would potentially clear him of all charges, the Korean team potentially wants to avoid any “bad press” or distractions that could come up with the incident.

Yet, it is obvious that the Cienfuegos native still has a lot to offer, and any MLB team or any other Caribbean club could benefit from his bat and glove once his legal issues are over.

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