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Report: Rangers sign Tyson Ross to one-year deal

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TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year contract. Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for $6 million with incentives.

Ross, 29, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Padres. He pitched through just 5 1/3 innings in 2016, racking up an 11.81 ERA before shoulder issues prematurely ended his season. He underwent surgery in October to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. Over three full seasons in San Diego’s rotation, Ross worked up a 3.07 ERA and 9.5 fWAR, averaging a 9.2 SO/9 and 3.5 BB/9 rate.

The deal has yet to be confirmed by the team.

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.