MLB’s home run leader, Jose Abreu, was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle, but it sounds like he might not have to miss much time.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that an MRI today revealed only inflammation and no structural damage in Abreu’s ankle. He’ll wear a boot over the next several days before being re-evaluated at some point during the team’s upcoming homestand, which begins Thursday. The hope is that he’ll be ready to return as soon as he’s eligible, but the White Sox won’t rush their new slugger back.
Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the White Sox last October, leads the majors with 15 home runs and the American League with 42 RBI. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn will attempt to fill the void at first base for now.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.