The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves and Rangers have swapped pitchers. Chris Martin is heading from Texas to Atlanta while Kolby Allard is heading in the other direction.
Martin, 33, has put up an impressive 3.08 ERA with an even more impressive 43/4 K/BB ratio in 38 innings of relief work this season. Martin’s contract stipulates he must be released after the 2019 season.
Allard, 21, is the Braves’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. With Triple-A Gwinnett this year, the lefty owns a 4.17 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 36 walks across 110 innings.
Giving up a top-10 prospect seems like a steep price to rent a reliever, but the Braves certainly have the minor league depth to afford that cost.
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.