Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves continue to shop third baseman Chris Johnson. The Braves are considering deals in which Johnson would be attached to another player, not unlike the early April deal that sent outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Padres along with closer Craig Kimbrel.
Rosenthal adds that, despite a need for a third baseman, the Giants aren’t interested in Johnson. However, if the Braves used the same model they used to get the Padres to take Upton, they might coerce the Giants into taking Johnson off of their hands.
Johnson, 30, is owed the remainder of his $6 million salary for the 2015 season, plus $7.5 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, and $1 million for a buyout in 2018. So far this season, he has hit .229/.272/.313 with one home run and seven RBI in 103 plate appearances. Johnson suffered a fractured hand and bone bruises earlier 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.