Unable to find a taker for him via trade, the Rangers have released veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez started 15 total games for Texas and pitched very well early on, but dating back to mid-June he allowed 24 runs in 22 innings while opponents hit .402 off him.
At age 36 this could be the end of the road for Rodriguez, but it’s possible he could latch on with another team in need of rotation help. He’s logged 1,557 career innings with a 4.10 ERA in 11 seasons as a big leaguer.
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.