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Report: Sergio Romo signs one-year, $2.5 million contract with Marlins

3 Comments’s Jesse Sanchez reports that reliever Sergio Romo has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Marlins, pending a physical. He can earn more money through performance incentives.

Romo, 35, spent last season with the Rays. He posted a 4.14 ERA with 25 saves and a 75/20 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings. He was part of the club’s “opener” strategy, so he was credited with having started five games.

It’s not clear yet who has the official closer’s role in Miami, but it’ll be between Romo and Drew Steckenrider. Spring training will presumably be the determining factor for manager Don Mattingly.

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.