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Twins acquire Sergio Romo from Marlins

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The Twins have acquired Sergio Romo, minor league right-hander Chris Vallimont, and a player to be named later from the Marlins, the clubs announced Saturday. First base prospect Lewin Diaz will head to Miami in return.

Romo, 36, inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Marlins back in February. Since then, he’s pitched to a workable 3.58 ERA, 3.1 BB/9, and 7.9 SO/9 over 37 2/3 innings of relief in 2019. While considerably removed from the career-best numbers and postseason success he reached with the Giants several years ago, he still profiles as a decent addition to the Twins’ depleted bullpen — and, even better, an affordable one as well.

Minnesota will also benefit from the talents of no. 23 prospect Chris Vallimont, the second piece to come over in the trade. The 22-year-old right-hander continued to progress through Miami’s farm system in 2019, posting a cumulative 3.16 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, and 10.4 SO/9 across 105 1/3 innings in Single-A and High-A ball.

The Marlins, meanwhile, are slated to deepen their infield reserves with Diaz, who ranked no. 30 among the Twins’ top prospects in 2019 and carries a .297/.339/.558 slash line, 19 home runs, 61 RBI, and an .897 OPS across 369 plate appearances in High-A and Double-A.

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.