Steve Pearce’s entire season has been a huge letdown after his breakout 2014 campaign and now the Orioles infielder/outfielder is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Last year Pearce got the first extended playing time of his career at age 31 and hit .293 with 21 homers and a .930 OPS in 102 games, but his OPS has plummeted 250 points this season as he’s hit just .227.
Pearce has played sparingly of late, as manager Buck Showalter tries out other bats, and based on the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries he may not be ready to play again until September.
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.