Puig, agency end 'professional relationship'

February 8th, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder is changing agents.

Wasserman Media Group, the agency that has represented Puig since 2014, announced on Wednesday that it had "terminated its professional relationship" with Puig, but would not elaborate. There was no clarification from Puig, who was in Mexico earlier this week attending the Caribbean Series.

Puig, 27, is about to enter the sixth year of a seven-year, $42 million contract -- he'll make $7.5 million in 2018 -- that he signed coming out of Cuba while being represented by Jaime Torres. Puig is eligible for salary arbitration in '19 and will be eligible for free agency after that season.

Puig made several appearances at last month's Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour. He said he was ready to step up workouts and lose weight he had gained while vacationing in Europe with his mother.

With Spring Training opening next week, Puig is expected to be the Dodgers' starting right fielder, coming off a rebound season in which he set career highs with 28 homers, 74 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. In the postseason, Puig slugged three home runs with 10 RBIs, but hit .148 in the World Series.

After the season, Puig was named one of the Wilson Defensive Outfielders of the Year.