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Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for a second consecutive season

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom was overwhelmingly voted the National League Cy Young Award winner, earning the hardware for a second consecutive season. deGrom earned 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu finished second with 88 points. Max Scherzer finished third with 72 points, Jack Flaherty fourth with 69, and Stephen Strasburg fifth with 53. Also receiving votes were Mike Soroka, Sonny Gray, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Kirby Yates, and Patrick Corbin.

deGrom, 31, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a 255/44 K/BB ratio in 204 innings for the Mets this past season. He actually won fewer games last year (10) en route to the Cy Young Award. Both are the lowest win totals among starters to win the award.

deGrom is the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He is one of seven NL pitchers to win the award in back-to-back years, joining Greg Maddux (1992-95), Randy Johnson (1999-2002), Sandy Koufax (1965-66), Kershaw (2013-14), Tim Lincecum (2008-09), and Max Scherzer (2016-17). Five pitchers did it in the American League: Roger Clemens (1986-87 and 1997-98), Jim Palmer (1975-76), Pedro Martínez (1999-2000), and Denny McLain (1968-69). The right-hander joins R.A. Dickey, Dwight Gooden, and Tom Seaver as Mets to have won the NL Cy Young Award.

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.