The Twins announced today that they have agreed to contract extensions with Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine. The new deals lock up Falvey and Levine through 2024. They were already under contract through 2021.
Falvey was hired in October 2016 after serving time in the Indians organization. Levine was hired a month later, coming from Texas. Under their leadership the Twins went from a 103-loss season in 2016 to 85 wins and the Wild Card in 2017. The team backslid some in 2018 but won 101 games and the AL Central in 2019.
The Twins have a solid core at the moment with Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sanó and José Berríros. Now they have ensured stability in their front office for some time.
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.