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Keon Broxton frustrated by lack of playing time

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Mets backup outfielder Keon Broxton got three at-bats during Thursday afternoon’s game against the Nationals, a welcome change for the five-year veteran if under unfortunate circumstances. Michael Conforto got the start in right field but collided with teammate Robinson Canó attempting to catch a fly ball, suffering a concussion.

Broxton replaced Conforto in right field and went 0-for-3 on the afternoon. The backup outfielder is now batting .143/.208/.163 on the season in 53 trips to the plate.

After Thursday’s game, Broxton expressed frustration with his lack of playing time. Per Newsday’s Tim Healey, Broxton said, “From the start of the season I’ve been surprised. … It’s not like I started out bad.” He added, “I don’t know how they’re thinking. I don’t know what they want. If I get more playing time, I get more playing time.”

While Broxton’s frustration is understandable — he’s not helping his cause any as the Mets’ ostensible fifth-string outfielder — he is not likely to earn himself any favors blaming the Mets publicly like this. If the Mets weren’t already shorthanded (Jeff McNeil is also dealing with an injury), he might be a candidate to be designated for assignment. Lucky for him, it seems like he may see a few extra AB’s with McNeil and Conforto temporarily sidelined.

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.