“I would say it was not difficult when it came to what the [union] ” , he said. I like to follow up on what I say. So for that to be the case, I’m really happy with that. … With all the precautions taken by MLB, it is easy to play. Everyone here is just on guard, so I feel very comfortable. ”Snell is looking to bounce back from being hampered by injuries last year. The left-hander was 21-5 with a best ERA of 1.86 in the American League in 2018, winning the Cy Young Award. But he went 6-8 with a career record of 4.29 ERA last season.
He accepted a $ 50 million, five-year contract in March 2019 that included a signing bonus of $ 3 million, a salary of $ 1 million last year and a salary of $ 7 million this season.
Snell said that most of what he said in May was “correct.” He said if he had to apologize for anything, it would be the way he started his comments by saying that he had to get his money to play.
“The only thing about it that I didn’t like with what I said was just ‘I must have mine.’ It was pretty bad, “he said. “Everything I said afterwards was pretty correct. But just how I started, I could see how it could irritate people, so I apologize. Everything that followed was pretty fair with what we’re doing right now. ”
Tampa Bay’s training at Tropicana Field included 32 of the 37 players who were originally scheduled to train at the team’s regular season home.
Manager Kevin Cash did not identify who was not there, but inside field player Jose Martinez, pitchers Yonny Chirinos and Chaz Roe, and non-aligned wrestlers Chris Herrmann and Kevan Smith were not among the groups of participating players.
Herrmann and Smith were instead at the club’s spring training center in Port Charlotte, where the rest of the 60-player pool works. The status of Martinez, Chirinos and Roe was unclear.
“With all of the protocols and guidelines we are trying to follow, we will not go into detail,” said Cash. “There were a variety of reasons why we weren’t 100% present. But as far as training today goes, it went very well. ”