Henderson Alvarez is having an MRI on his right elbow


Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez was on the hook for four runs in five innings en route to his second loss of the season Sunday against the Rays. The news got worse after the game. Per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Alvarez is undergoing an MRI on his right elbow.

Elbow injuries haven’t been a major issue in the past for Alvarez, but they always have the potential to be serious, perhaps season-ending. Alvarez is the ace of the Marlins’ staff after finishing the 2014 season with a 2.65 ERA with a 111/33 K/BB ratio in 187 innings.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

Blake Snell
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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.