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Blake Snell on contract renewal situation with Rays: ‘It’s disappointing.’

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On Friday, the Rays renewed reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell‘s contract for $573,700. Teams typically have the power to simply renew their younger players’ contracts at or near the league minimum salary, which this year is $555,000. In exceptional cases like Snell’s, however, teams bump up that player’s salary a bit more as a reward for performing well and to engender good will going forward. The Cubs, for example, bumped Kris Bryant up to $1.05 million after he won the NL MVP Award in 2016.

Issuing a statement from his agents at Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon, Snell said (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times):

The Rays have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to renew me at or near the league-minimum salary. They also have the ability to more adequately compensate me, as other organizations have done with players who have similar achievements to mine. The Rays chose the former. I will have no further comment and look forward to competing with my teammates and field staff in our quest to win the World Series in 2019.

Snell also said on Friday, via Topkin, “It’s disappointing. You want fair. But at the same time they don’t have to do it, so I understand the business side of it.”

Snell made $558,200 last season, so he got a $15,500 raise. The major league minimum salary increased $10,000 from 2018 to ’19, so it is effectively a $5,500 raise. In 2018, the 26-year-old went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings. His 21 wins led all of baseball while his 1.89 ERA was the best mark in the AL.

Topkin notes that the Rays have a strict structure in place for players not yet eligible for arbitration. By not awarding good faith raises, the Rays will have to pay less as the player goes through his three years of salary arbitration. That being said, it seems like the Rays are already resigning themselves to watching Snell bolt into free agency in four years. If they weren’t, they would have made a good faith gesture to him rather than offend him with frugality.

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.