I forgot this guy was even out there looking for a job:
The Padres cut bait on him with a non-tender after he batted just .232/.272/.300 in 391 plate appearances in 2014. Given that he made $2.45 million as a first-year arbitration eligible player, they wisely didn’t want to pay $3 million or $4 million to see if he might bounce back. And that’d before you get into his legal problems, his being wound up in the Biogenesis thing and everything else.
But, on a cheap deal on the eve of spring training? Well, that’s a pretty low-dollar, low-risk kind of move for a 28-year-old middle infielder who has shown flashes of production in the past. It would’ve been bad for the Padres to keep him, but it’s a pretty savvy pickup for the Orioles.
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.