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Astros sign Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Astros have re-signed Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

The salary is the same money McCullers made last year when he missed the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery. In 2018 he went 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 142/50 in 128.1 innings.

With Gerrit Cole gone to New York and Wade Miley a free agent, a bounce back year from McCullers will be pretty dang important for the Astros. McCullers is expected to be ready to go when spring training begins.

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.