Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Tyson Ross will undergo surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome. The recovery time is 4-6 months, meaning that he will not be ready to start the 2017 season for San Diego.
Ross missed almost all of the 2016 season, making only one start, due to shoulder issues which, obviously, were a product of the syndrome. He was 26-34 with a 3.07 ERA (115 ERA+) in his previous three seasons for the Padres, making 80 starts and 19 relief appearances.
The Padres missed Ross’ production. But, given where they stood competitively over the past year or two, not having a healthy Ross as a trade chit cost them quite a bit to, as he was speculated to be on the move for a package of prospects at some point.
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.