Two weeks ago the Reds announced that they’d chosen right-handers Jason Marquis and Raisel Iglesias over left-hander Paul Maholm for the final two spots in the rotation and now they’ve released Maholm.
It’s not a great sign for Maholm that he couldn’t beat out the 36-year-old Marquis for a spot, but he pitched reasonably well this spring after posting a 4.71 ERA in 71 innings for the Dodgers last season.
Maholm has indicated that he wants to continue starting, which likely sealed his fate in Cincinnati and limits his options going forward. If healthy he could probably help some teams as a fourth or fifth starter.
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.