As of last week the plan was for first baseman Matt Adams to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals shortly after September roster expansion, but he’s suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle.
Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Adams “felt some tightness in his left quadriceps” while going through drills at the Cardinals’ minor league complex in Florida. For now it’s viewed as a small setback, but Adams is running out of time to make it back for any regular season action and show that he’s worth having on the postseason roster.
Prior to the injury he hit just .243 with four homers and a .656 OPS in 43 games, but in 2013 and 2014 he posted an .800 OPS. In Adams’ absence the Cardinals have used Matt Reynolds as their primary first baseman, with underwhelming results.
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.