Indians bench Michael Bourn versus left-handers

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In a move that’s a long time coming, indians manager Terry Francona informed center fielder Michael Bourn that he’ll be benched against left-handed pitching.

Bourn, a left-handed hitter, has batted just .248 with a .632 OPS off lefties for his career, compared to .275 with a .716 OPS off righties. And he’s 39-for-180 (.217) versus lefties since the beginning of last season.

When combined with his declining speed and range in center field Bourn’s production against right-handed pitching has also been weak enough to potentially just bench him, period, but the Indians owe the 32-year-old former All-Star about $25 million through 2016.

Cleveland signing Bourn and Nick Swisher to a pair of big contracts totaling $104 million prior to the 2013 season has worked out very, very badly.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.