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Yasiel Puig’s agents fired him

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Weird news today from the world of agents. The Wasserman Agency “cut ties” with client Yasiel Puig.

Players and agents part ways fairly often, but usually it’s the players firing the agents in search of different representation. The various reports coming out of Los Angeles, though, strongly suggest that The Wasserman Agency fired Puig. Why? Here’s one explanation:

Not necessarily shocking in Puig’s case as he has often found himself in trouble for his behavior. This is a bit different, though, in that it apparently is not anything the Dodgers are terribly concerned about:

One has to assume that it’s business related. Maybe Puig is running around, cutting deals behind his agents’ backs. Maybe he went into a meeting at Wasserman’s office and, I dunno, dropped trou in the conference room. THE NICE CONFERENCE ROOM. My god, do you know how much those tables cost? A LOT.

No matter what it was, it must’ve been fairly serious, as Puig makes decent coin — $7.55 million now, with an arbitration raise coming next winter and free agency at a young age the winter after that — and firing him will cost Wasserman a lot in commissions.

Really, though: those conference tables are really expensive.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.