ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have signed pitcher Dustin McGowan. The Phillies have been on the hunt for pitching depth since losing Cliff Lee to another injury earlier in spring training. McGowan is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, but could make a start when the Phillies need a fifth starter on April 12.
Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, McGowan has a 4.57 career ERA with a 392/199 K/BB ratio in 482 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Dodgers at the end of March after allowing six runs in eight innings in the Cactus League.
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.