The Orioles announced earlier today that the club designated outfielder David Lough for assignment and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
Though catcher Matt Wieters says he expects to stay off of the disabled list, he was held out of Friday’s lineup against the Athletics and is only available off the bench. Clevenger gives the Orioles a healthy second catcher for at least one game. Clevenger, 29, has taken only 11 plate appearances in the majors for the Orioles this season, but is hitting .455. He had a more modest .769 OPS in 301 PA with Norfolk.
Lough, 29, compiled a meager .202/.243/.318 batting line with four home runs and 12 RBI in 139 PA this year for the Orioles. Junior Lake and Nolan Reimold will handle left field for the O’s the rest of the way.
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.