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Major League Baseball extends Addison Russell’s administrative leave

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball has extended Addison Russell‘s administrative leave through the end of the regular season.

Rosenthal reported Wednesday that MLB investigators have gathered “credible information” in regard to Russell’s alleged mental and physical abuse of his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy via “numerous” witness interviews. While today’s move merely extends his leave through Sunday, the act of doing so strongly suggests that his season is over and that a lengthy suspension is in the offing that the league does not intend to break up via a temporary reinstatement.

This, as with the case of many past domestic violence offenders, will later be considered “time served” for whatever eventually comes down the pike.

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.