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Quintin Berry retires

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Former outfielder Quintin Berry announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday night. He’s expected to take a front office role as outfield and baserunning coordinator for the club in 2019, though his new position has yet to be officially confirmed.

Berry, 33, saw limited exposure in the majors over the course of his 13-year pro ball career. He got his start in the league with the Tigers, who utilized him for the better part of their 2012 campaign and saw him bat a healthy .258/.330/.354 with 18 extra bases and 21 stolen bases through 330 PA. He was dealt to the Red Sox for right-hander Clayton Mortensen in 2013 and found himself in a heavily reduced role, but returned to pinch run in the postseason and was still able to count himself part of the team that ended up clinching a World Series title that fall.

Following his final major league appearance in 2017, during which the fleet-footed outfielder appeared in just seven games with the Brewers, Berry holds a lifetime .262/.333/.364 batting line, 19 extra-base hits, and 29 stolen bases. He played out the remainder of his playing career in back-to-back stints with the Brewers and Yankees’ Triple-A affiliates in 2018, but elected not to pursue additional opportunities in the minors in 2019.

Moving forward, Berry will help the Brewers hone their running game even further. The club finished first among all NL teams and fifth in the league overall after swiping 124 bags in 2018, owing in large part to Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich‘s career-high marks of 30 and 22 stolen bases, respectively. Still, there’s likely something to be gleaned from a player who capped a dozen seasons in the minors with 399 stolen bases in 496 chances, even if he never got the opportunity to prove his prowess on a big league stage.

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.