The Dodgers have placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the club announced on Twitter Saturday evening. Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Grandal was hit with the backswing from Padres first baseman Yangervis Solarte on Friday. In Grandal’s absence, A.J. Ellis is expected to take most of the playing time behind the dish.
Grandal, acquired from the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp deal in December, has hit well in 124 plate appearances, posting a .291/.403/.466 triple-slash line along with four home runs and 17 RBI.
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.