After entering spring training with an eye on the fifth starter job, left-hander Felix Doubront has been given his release by the Cubs.
Doubront really struggled during Cactus League action, allowing nine runs on 17 hits (including two home runs) in seven innings across four appearances.
The Cubs and Doubront avoided arbitration over the winter by agreeing to a one-year, $1.925 million contract, but contracts through arbitration aren’t fully-guaranteed. Instead, he’ll get 45 days of termination pay, which Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com says works out to around $473,000.
Doubront showed diminished velocity last season while putting up a 5.54 ERA over 14 starts and seven relief appearances, but he’s still just 27 and has shown some potential in the past. He should find a new team quickly.
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.