The highly-sought-after Yasmany Tomas is going to attend the Winter Meetings in San Diego, which begin December 8, reports Jon Heyman. Which means that he is unlikely to sign before then.
He was predicted to sign with someone last weekend, but that obviously didn’t go down. There is a lot of interest in him so, presumably, he is letting his market develop. Which is a fancy way of saying that he’s letting people fight over him. Which is probably good for him.
I’ll be at the Winter Meetings. I’ll make an offer to him if I see him, but it’s really just gonna be a kicking the tires kind of thing. It certainly won’t be aggressive.
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.