Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left in the second inning of last night’s game with a groin strain. It’s not the sort of thing you usually think too hard about when you read the game story. “Oh, that’s a shame,” you might think, and “hmm, I suspect a trip to the disabled list is in order,” if you’re thinking a bit more deeply.
Ryu’s situation is far more serious, it seems. Check this out:
Ryu has been the Dodgers’ best starter so far this year, going 3-0 and putting up an ERA of 2.12 in six starts on the young season. Now he’ll miss months, joining a star-studded Dodgers disabled list which currently calls Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Rich Hill, Logan Forsythe and Julio Urias members.
Ouch. For a number of reasons, ouch.
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.