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Yankees fans boo Manny Machado for some reason


Manny Machado was widely speculated to want to sign with the Yankees once he hit free agency last fall. The fit seemed a good one, as Didi Gregorius‘ injury made at least a temporary opening at short and Miguel Andújar’s defensive struggles suggested that he may not stick long at third. Machado met with the Yankee but their interest did not materialize and Machado moved on, eventually signing with San Diego. It was pretty straightforward story of a team not being as interested in a player as the player seemed to be interested in the team.

The Yankees fans in attendance at yesterday’s Padres-Yankees game, however, gave Machado the sort of welcome that is usually reserved for a free agent who snubs a team despite the team’s strong desire to sign him. Boo City, U.S.A.:


I realize Machado is not particularly popular anywhere, and that he was a division rival of the Yankees for years, but I don’t recall him getting that sort of reception — let alone the “over-rated!” chants which followed — when he’d hit the Bronx with Baltimore.

I realize that on some level almost everyone is rooting for laundry, thus parsing why any given payer is loved or loathed takes you into some pretty subjective territory, but it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the Yankees fans at the game yesterday were blaming Machado for the Yankees’ lack of a desire to sign him. Which . . . is kinda weird, ain’t it?


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.