The Red Sox acquired infielder Marco Hernandez from the Cubs today to complete the Felix Doubront trade from July. It was announced at the time as Doubront to Chicago for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Hernandez, 22, owns a .273/.314/.375 batting line over five seasons in the minors and has never played above High-A. He has primarily played shortstop in his pro career and looks like a potential future utility man.
Doubront posted a 3.98 ERA in four starts after joining Chicago. It will be tough for him to crack the club’s starting rotation at this point, but he could be an option for the bullpen in 2015.
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.