Indians will consider extending Corey Kluber

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2014 American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season, and the Indians will consider signing him to a contract extension that would buy out some or all three of his arbitration years, and perhaps some of his free agent years as well, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.

Here’s what Indians president Mark Shapiro had to say about the situation:

“Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented. Then you look at contracts and you say, ‘Can we find that point where we’re both comfortable with the shared risk?’ We don’t know that right now. That’s something that we’ll have to look at.

“As prioritization of the calendar goes, it’s something we’ll probably look at over the next couple of months. … He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement.”

Kluber, in his second full season in the majors, took the baseball world by storm in 2014. The right-hander led the league in wins with 18 while posting a 2.34 ERA and a 269/51 K/BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings. He narrowly edged out Mariners starter Felix Hernandez for the AL Cy Young award with 169 points to 159.

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.