Report: Rangers trade Nomar Mazara to White Sox

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Outfielder Nomar Mazara is headed to the White Sox from the Rangers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers will receive minor league outfielder Steele Walker in return.

Mazara, 24, is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $5.7 million in 2020. He was among baseball’s top prospects going into the 2015-16 seasons, but he hasn’t lived up to his billing yet. Across parts of four seasons, he owns a .261/.320/.435 slash line along with 79 home runs and 308 RBI. His defense has also left something to be desired.

Mazara will join Eloy Jiménez in the Chicago outfield, likely taking over in right field. The Rangers will likely plug the hole in right field by moving Joey Gallo there full-time.

Walker, 23, is the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox system, per MLB Pipeline. Selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2018 draft, Walker spent most of his season with High-A Winston-Salem. He hit .269/.346/.426 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 441 plate appearances.

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.