Matt Adams’ poor start to the season now includes an injury, as the Cardinals first baseman suffered a strained quadriceps muscle Tuesday and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Adams hurt his quadriceps while running out a double, his seventh of the season, which improved his numbers at the plate to a .243 batting average and .656 OPS in 42 games. That’s a 120-point drop in OPS compared to last season.
Offseason pickup Mark Reynolds figures to take over as the Cardinals’ starting first baseman for however long Adams is out. He still has 25-homer power if the Cardinals can stomach tons of strikeouts, but the 31-year-old Reynolds hasn’t produced much in a part-time role and hasn’t topped an .800 OPS since 2011.
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.