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Rays place Blake Snell on injured list with fractured toe

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club placed starter Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, due to a fractured right toe. The Rays selected the contract of pitcher Emilio Pagán from Triple-A Durham.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Snell said he suffered the injury dropping something on his foot at home on Sunday night. He started on Saturday against the Blue Jays, tossing six shutout innings. Snell is expected to miss only one start.

Snell, 26, is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. He has been terrific to start the 2019 season, owning a 2.16 ERA with a 36/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His 36 strikeouts leads all pitchers.

Pagán, 27, held the minor league opposition scoreless over six innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks to begin the year.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.