MLB Rumors: Are teams making a statement by not signing Scott Boras' clients?

Top players remain unsigned and there is no movement with teams and players such as Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman , Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery. With MLB spring training starting yesterday, the window is closing for these players to get to camp.

Super Agent Scott Boras, far right, is getting some payback for his high demands on top free agents this winter. He is pictured here on the far right as the San Francisco Giants Introduce Jung Hoo Lee.
Super Agent Scott Boras, far right, is getting some payback for his high demands on top free agents this winter. He is pictured here on the far right as the San Francisco Giants Introduce Jung Hoo Lee. / Andy Kuno/San Francisco Giants/GettyImages
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Blake Snell, starting pitcher

The former San Diego Padres left-hander is now a free agent, and perhaps the top southpaw available at this point in time. Snell won the Cy Young Award last season, as well as in 2018, while he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The New York Yankees have been rumored to be interested in Snell, but as Brendan Kuty and Chris Kushner of The Athletic noted, a one-year $40 million contract would actually cost the Yankees $84 million with the luxury tax. A short-term desperation deal would actually be worse for them than a longer-term pact.

It does not appear as though the Yankees are going to want to take on that type of liability for a one-year starter. They are believed to have made a contractual offer to Snell, but it appears as though the terms are unavailable and it was rejected by Boras and Co. before the Yankees signed Marcus Stroman.

The Yankees were looking at signing Snell and Jordan Montgomery, as they need to bolster their rotation, but that seems to be unlikely at this stage of the game.

Any team that signs Snell would also face a qualifying offer penalty, since Snell rejected it from the Padres. That would mean that the Yankees would lose second and fifth round picks in next season's draft and $1 million from their international pool.

""The players that are out there right now, that, probably, a bunch of fans are talking about, we're not in the market for those players. But there are definitely other players that can have a positive impact on our team that [president of baseball operations Derek Falvey], I'm sure, is looking at.""

Joe Pohlad, Minnesota Twins CEO