The Washington Nationals have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment to make way for Matt Wieters, who is coming off the disabled list.
Montero, 34, signed with the Nationals shortly before spring training and began the season as Wieters’ backup. When Wieters went on the DL Montero was pressed into starting service and went 0-for-11. That caused Dave Martinez to put Pedro Severino in and he has gone 7-for-19 with a couple of doubles making Montero, as the British say, redundant.
Montero has hit .256/.340/.411 with 126 homers in his 13-year big league career, but he’s fallen off quite a bit in the past few seasons. Barring some catcher injuries elsewhere, it’s hard to see where he might latch on anyplace.
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.