Jose Fernandez isn’t the only pitcher working his way back for the Marlins. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Mat Latos threw a bullpen session today at Marlins Park and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Latos has been sidelined since May 21 due to left knee inflammation. After watching today’s bullpen session, Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that it “looks like his knee is definitely feeling stronger.” The plan calls for him to make two rehab starts before the team considers bringing him back.
It’s been a struggle for Latos so far this season. The Marlins were expecting him to be a big piece in their rotation after acquiring him from the Reds over the winter, but he owns an ugly 6.12 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts.
As for the other sidelined Fish, Jarred Cosart pitched in an extended spring training game today after hitting the disabled list due to vertigo earlier this month. Henderson Alvarez is likely the furthest away in the group, as he’s still dealing with shoulder inflammation and isn’t expected to play catch again for another week.
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.