The St. Louis Cardinals have called up Greg Holland to the big club from High-A Palm Beach. Guess they think this kid has what it takes to jump a couple of levels. Risky!
Oh, wait, that’s not right. Holland saved 41 games for the Rockies last year, which tied him for the league lead in that category. He was just tuning up down south because he didn’t sign with the Cards until the season started.
Bud Norris has the Cards’ only save so far this year. The other three Cardinals wins did not present save situations. Presumably, any that come up starting now will belong to Holland.
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.