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The Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres have agreed on a deal involving star-studded Blake Snell. Dennis Lin of The Athletic.
Luis Patino (San Diego’s No. 3 prospect), catcher Francisco Mejia, right-handed pitcher Cole Wilcox (No. 7) and catcher Blake Hunt (No. 14) go to the rays in the agreement, per Lin.
Jeff Passan of ESPN noted that trade medical examinations are pending.
The 28-year-old, who did not win the American League Cy Young Award, signed a five-year, $ 50 million extension with the Rays in 2019. reported in November that Tampa Bay is open for the relocation of the south leg.
Feinsand cites the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as one reason for Snell’s trading. General manager Erik Neander has probably also considered how the trading value of even elite stars can be significantly reduced based on their contracts.
The Boston Red Sox could only get Alex Verdugo and prospects for Mookie Betts and David Price last season.
From this perspective, it was probably the best time to make money on Snell, although it almost reduced Tampa Bay’s chances of making another deep run in the playoffs.
Unfortunately for the Seattle resident, his last performance as a member of the Rays has already become one of the most researched post-season moments in recent memory.
Snell was busy with Game 6 of the World Series when he allowed a single to Austin Barnes. Rather than let his starter work a third time through the batting order of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kevin Cash brought in Nick Anderson. By the end of sixth place, the Rays were leading 1-0 to 2-1.
Maybe Snell can solve his unfinished business in the Fall Classic with the Padres.
Since making his MLB debut in 2016, he has ranked 30th among pitchers in WAR (11.6), 19th in the pass rate (10.49) and 22nd in FIP (3.51), per FanGraphs. The big stage did not overwhelm him either. He hit 44 batting strokes and allowed 11 earnings over 35 after-innings.
Snell’s 4.35 FIP in 2020 was a career high, but it’s hard to extrapolate too much from such a short season and one staged in the shadow of a global pandemic.
He must in San Diego’s turn immediately if the no. 1 or no. 2 starters.
Improving the starting stroke depth was a need for the Padres before Mike Clevinger underwent surgery on Tommy John. This raised the bar for what would be needed to have the necessary arms to make a deep playoff battle.
There is also long-standing concern about Clevinger, as it was the second Tommy John procedure in his career.
Patino made his MLB debut in 2020, and MacKenzie Gore will soon follow in the footsteps of the traded company as San Diego raises the prospect for the best position. With the addition of Snell, the franchise needs to rank the present and future on the hill.