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Matt Chapman, Mookie Betts among Defensive Players of the Year

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The 2018 Defensive Player of the Year Awards were unveiled on Wednesday evening on MLB Network. The award, created in 2012, determines winners “using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge,” according to MLB. The award started out splitting the leagues similar to Gold Gloves, but has been unified since 2014.

The winners:

Best Overall Defensive Player: Matt Chapman, Athletics

Defensive Team of the Year: Arizona Diamondbacks

Most of these players, with the exception of Zunino and Kiermaier, were also 2018 Gold Glove Award winners as well, which isn’t surprising. Chapman over Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, both for the position-specific award and for the “Best Overall Defensive Player” award, might be controversial. Chapman, however, played reeeeeally good defense at third base, it just went under the radar since he plays for the Athletics.

For the D-Backs, it’s the second time they earned the “Defensive Team of the Year” award.

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.