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Travis Wood suffered a crossbow accident this offseason

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Chris McCosky reports that Tigers pitcher Travis Wood had a pin inserted into his right index finger after an early-January bow-hunting accident.

And it was some accident: Wood got his hand caught as he was prepping a crossbow and said that it nearly snapped his right index finger in two. The good news is he’s a lefty. And, I suppose, it’s good that a stray bolt didn’t go flying and kill the family dog or something.

Wood will get his cast off tomorrow after which he should be free to go back and join the Protestant Union troops in the Thirty Years War or whatever it is people do with crossbows these days.

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.