The Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, per a team announcement. He’s expected to be made available off the bench as the club goes for the sweep against the Reds, though it might be a while longer before he’s cleared to make another start in the outfield.
It’s been over two weeks since Heyward last appeared for the Cubs. He sustained a right hamstring injury on a diving play in the outfield last month and has been slowly working his way back to full strength ever since. As the team is currently on the cusp of postseason contention, it makes sense that they’d approach Heyward’s recovery process with some measure of caution in order to keep him healthy for their run in October.
Heyward, 29, is rounding out his third full season in Chicago. In what has been his most valuable season with the team to date, he’s maintained a .275/.342/.399 batting line with 32 extra-base hits and a .740 OPS through 451 plate appearances.
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.