Andrew Miller’s spectacular first season as the Yankees’ closer is now on hold, as the dominant left-hander is headed to the disabled list with a strained muscle in his forearm.
Miller signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees as a free agent this offseason and quickly took over the closer role even though manager Joe Girardi delayed officially naming him the closer. He’s saved 17 games with a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 innings while holding opponents to a .090 batting average.
Fortunately for the Yankees they have a similarly incredible reliever in right-hander Dellin Betances who can step into the closer role, although having the two-headed Betances-Miller monster to shut down the late innings has been a huge key to New York’s strong start this season.
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.