One day after placing left-hander Andrew Miller on the disabled list with a strained forearm muscle Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated that he expects the closer to miss around one month.
Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Miller will be completely shut down from throwing for two weeks before resuming a throwing program, leaving stud setup man Dellin Betances as the Yankees’ closer for the remainder of the first half.
Miller converted 17 saves with a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 innings while holding opponents to a .090 batting average in the first season of a four-year, $36 million deal signed this winter.
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.