Video: The most Jeff Francoeur play ever

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Jeff Francoeur made not one, but two misplays on a Denard Span line drove down the right field line. Francoeur first bobbled the ball after it bounced off of the fence, then whiffed in an attempt to fire the ball into the cutoff man. As a result, Span was able to scamper to third base to put the tying run 90 feet away with one out in a 1-0 game in the fifth inning. Span eventually scored on Danny Espinosa’s sacrifice fly.

It wasn’t all bad for Francoeur. He homered to lead off the second inning, giving the Phillies their first run. He added an RBI single in the sixth to reduce to Phillies’ deficit to 3-2.

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Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.