The former slugger has not played in the majors since 2019, when he split time with the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.
Since being left unsigned in 2020, Puig has played overseas in South Korea.
Now, any hopes of ever returning to MLB appear to be crushed.
Puig has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about an illegal gambling operation.
The former MLB star allegedly made 899 illegal sports bets in a three-month period.
Puig could potentially face up to five years in prison, according to the DOJ release.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 15, 2022
Puig Set To Plead Guilty
Puig has had several brushes with the law over his career.
Back in 2013, when Puig was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was arrested for taking part in a bar fight in Florida, though charges were eventually dropped.
Puig began placing bets in May of 2019 on sporting events through a third party, which in the DOJ release was identified as “Agent 1” who had been working on behalf of an illegal gambling business run by Wayne Joseph Nix.
Puig has agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000.
He is set to appear in court today.
“When given the opportunity to be truthful about his involvement with Nix’s gambling businesses, Mr. Puig chose not to,” said Tyler Hatcher of the IRS, as seen in the earlier shared tweet.
“Mr. Puig’s lies hindered the legal and procedural tasks of the investigators and prosecutors.”
In all likelihood, Puig’s career has reached its end.
Any hopes of a comeback have essentially been squashed.