Rays starter Matt Moore struggled again in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, yielding six runs in three innings of work. He hasn’t had good results in six starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 2, posting an 8.78 ERA with a 2.06 WHIP and a 17/13 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. The Rays will demote Moore to Triple-A to work out his issues, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Moore, a former top prospect, underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014. The 26-year-old had shown promise in 2013, his sophomore season, when he finished with a 3.29 ERA, earned an All-Star nomination, and finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting.
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.