Washington is starting to get healthy, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup tonight against the Marlins.
Werth has been out since mid-May with a fractured wrist, while Zimmerman has been out since early June with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Their returns come just a few days after infielder Anthon Rendon came off the shelf.
Center fielder Denard Span and right-hander Stephen Strasburg remain on the ever-crowded Nationals disabled list, but Strasburg is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday.
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.