Blake Snell's injury is another strike against Dodgers enemy Scott Boras

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The conditions under which Blake Snell became a San Francisco Giant were, to put it mildly, not ideal. After a mystifying free agency under Scott Boras that mostly featured a long stalemate with the Yankees, who reportedly put a six-year, $150 million offer on the table that Snell refused, he landed in San Francisco for two years (only one guaranteed, with a player opt-out for 2025) and $62 million if he sticks around for both, but with the majority of the money attached to next season.

It was a deeply underwhelming result for the seventh pitcher in baseball history to win a Cy Young in both leagues, but Snell wasn't alone. Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, JD Martinez, and Jordan Montgomery all faced similar disappointments under Boras' guidance, and Montgomery even dropped him as his agent in favor of Wasserman agent Joel Wolfe, who also represents Dodgers Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow.

Snell's awful first three starts for the Giants (11.57 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched) are a bad look all around, but it gets worse: he went onto the 15-day IL on Wednesday ahead of a scheduled start against the Mets with a "left adductor strain."

Blake Snell going onto the IL with adductor strain is another bad look for Scott Boras

Boras and his clients lost because they thought they could force teams to yield to their demands first, forcing everyone into a clumsy game of chicken. He either overestimated himself and his clients or underestimated teams (both are possible), but Snell getting hurt just three starts into a season that he was already late to because of either his or his representation's intransigence doesn't do much to prove teams that were unwilling to give Snell the long-term deal he wanted wrong. Those six years with the Yankees are probably looking real nice to him right about now.

The Dodgers, who are familiar with him as a former Padre, have typically gotten crushed by Snell in his 13 career starts against them. Despite his struggles over the first few weeks of this season, there is still historical precedent to be afraid when he faces LA's hitters. He could potentially be ready for the Giants' next series against the Dodgers beginning on May 13, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for LA if he wasn't.