The Rays made official their decision to stick with their salary structure and give Blake Snell only a meager reward for winning the Cy Young Award, renewing his contract for a $573,700 on Sunday, a raise of just $15,500.
And Snell made clear how he felt.
"The Rays have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to renew me at or near the league-minimum salary. They also have the ability to more adequately compensate me, as other organizations have done with players who have similar achievements to mine. The Rays chose the former,'' he said in statement from Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson, his agents at Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon. "I will have no further comment and look forward to competing with my teammates and field staff in our quest to win the World Series in 2019.''
The Rays also renewed the contracts of reliever/opener Ryne Stanek and infielder Joey Wendle.
With the major-league minimum increasing from $545,000 to $555,000, Snell is basically getting only a $5,500 raise for his historic 21-5, 1.89 performance.