Travis d’Arnaud returns from concussion

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is back on the active roster after spending two weeks on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

He returns after playing three minor-league rehab games at Double-A, where he went 1-for-8 with a homer and most importantly reported feeling no further post-concussion symptoms.

d’Arnaud hit just .196 with three homers and a .588 OPS in 31 games before being hit on the catcher’s mask by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing on May 13.

Anthony Recker got most of the action behind the plate in d’Arnaud’s absence, with Juan Centeno backing him up, but d’Arnaud figures to resume being the Mets’ primary catcher.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.