Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “there is an issue with Matt Cain” and that he has been scratched from a morning throwing session. There were no details given, but this sort of thing rarely ends well.
Cain is owned $20 million each of the next two seasons and will be paid at least $7.5 million for a buyout of his 2018 season. He has suffered numerous injuries over the past two years, appearing in only 15 games in 2014 and 13 games last season. He has not been both healthy and effective since 2012.
If Cain has suffered an injury, it could cause the Giants to look at their old friend Tim Lincecum once again. We’ll keep you updated.
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.