Kris Medlen moving to the Royals rotation

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Anthony McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Kris Medlen will start on Monday against the Orioles, moving into Jeremy Guthrie’s rotation spot. Guthrie is headed to the bullpen after posting a 5.65 ERA over 23 starts.

Medlen has posted a 2.51 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings in seven relief appearances. He missed all of 2014 following Tommy John surgery and made his first appearance in 2015 on July 20.

The Royals currently sport a thirteen and a half game lead in the AL Central. They can afford to experiment.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.