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Yordano Ventura suspended nine games for hitting Manny Machado

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura has received a nine-game suspension for hitting Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch as well as his involvement in an ensuing altercation, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Ventura will appeal the suspension, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

The disparity in punishment between Ventura and Machado likely has to do with Ventura being a pitcher, so a nine-game suspension will ultimately mean one missed start. Effectively, Ventura’s punishment isn’t as harsh.

Ventura might put the time off to good use. He’s carrying a 5.32 ERA with a 44/35 K/BB ratio in 65 innings.

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.