AL Cy Young winner Snell receives small raise for 2019

AL Cy Young winner Snell receives small raise for 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.(AP) — The budget-minded Tampa Bay Rays have renewed the contract of pitcher Blake Snell, who’s receiving a raise of only $15,500 after winning the AL Cy Young award last season.

The 26-year-old left-hander, who’s not yet eligible for salary arbitration, will earn $573,700 this year after making $558,200 in 2018, when he was a first-time All-Star and went 21-5 with an AL-leading 1.89 ERA over 31 starts.

The Rays announced the decision Sunday, adhering to a rigid club policy for compensating young players who have not spent the necessary three years in the majors to be eligible for arbitration.

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