KANSAS CITY — Ned Yost is determined not to Yost it up tonight. He just got done telling the media that “If we’ve gotta use Herrera for six outs, we will. If we’ve gotta use Davis for six outs, we will.”
No mention of using Greg Holland longer, but one hopes an extra inning is on the table for him too. Yost and the Royals are literally in the position of there being no tomorrow. His hook on Yordano Ventura should be quick. And if he gets through, say, three innings, there should be no other pitcher in this game besides the Royals’ big three. Maybe even if he gets through two.
It’s been 29 years. You may never get back again. If you’re gonna die anyway, make sure you fire all your bullets before they kill ya, Ned.
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.