Rays SP Blake Snell: Playing in 2020 “Not Worth It”

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

While Major League Baseball is currently discussing options for beginning the 2020 season with players and owners, Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Blake Snell doesn’t seem to be so keen on the league coming back this season.

The lefty hurler, while streaming video games on his Twitch account, responded to fans’ questions about the league’s discussions to start the league during the summer.

At this point in time, and under the proposals which have been proposed by the league, he feels that playing a reduced season for a reduced salary this season is “just not worth it” as a result of the fear surrounding a possible COVID-19 outbreak and/or infection.

Baseball’s top league has discussed the possibility of playing an 82-game regular season and a revenue-sharing agreement between owners and players that would see players’ salaries take a sharp drop.

“Y’all gotta understand, man, for me to go — for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof,” Snell said in response to the league’s proposal.

Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner and the owner of a career 38-28 record with a 3.24 ERA, has not made it immediately clear how he would go about refusing to play if the league does get back up and running.