Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis emerged as an early Rookie of the Year contender before a left shoulder injury sidelined him for the final two months of the season.
He underwent what was described as a “cleanup” procedure in September, but today the Blue Jays announced that he’s gone under the knife for a more extensive surgery and faces a 4-5 month recovery timetable. In other words, odds are he’ll begin 2016 where he ended 2015: On the disabled list.
Travis hit .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games before going on the DL. He was replaced as the Blue Jays’ starting second baseman by Ryan Goins and will have to win back his job.
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.