This suggests that Blake Snell’s contract was like the last game he pitched – the Rays were only going to go so far with him.
In a familiar move to the franchise – trading a high-end starter – Tampa Bay reached an agreement with San Diego to trade Snell for four prospects, which was highlighted by Wright Luis Patino.
After arguably their most successful season – winning the AL East on the highly favored Yankees and reaching World Series Game 6 before losing to the Dodgers – the Rays have faced disarray of their powerful top of the rotation. Charlie Morton signed a one-year, $ 15 million contract with the Braves and now Snell, the 2018 Al Cy Young winner, has been dealt to the Padres. He leaves Tyler Glasgow just ahead of his big three.
But this is the way of rays. They are constantly brainstorming to manage their payroll and reinvigorate their organization with young talent. Among others, the Rays previously traded top-of-the-rotation pieces such as Chris-Archer, David Price and James Shields.
At Patino, Tampa Bay receives a pitcher, ranked by MLB.com as the 22nd-best prospect in the Major, while his 11-appearance (one start) cameo in 2020 produced a 5.19 ERA. Was. Petino and the rest of Haule (catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt, and right pitcher Cole Wilcox) have one of the deepest farm systems in the majors. This is Snell’s deal with $ 39 million remaining for three years. This gives Ray a chance to advance his major league roster with money if he chose to. It also leaves Kevin Kiermaier as the only Ray ($ 26 million for two years and available) to exceed $ 7 million in 2021.
Snell’s final appearance with the Rains certainly caused the postseason’s biggest controversy. Lefty had a one-hit shutout with one out of the sixth of the World Series game. But when No. 9 hitter Austin Barnes sings, Tempa Bay manager Kevin Cash pulled Snell out with a policy of not letting him face the lineup. third time. It was however 0-for-6 with six strikes against Snell in the top three in the Dodgers lineup – Mickey Bates, Corey Seeger and Justin Turner – in the game.
Nick Anderson entered and the two batsmen later converted the Dodgers to a 1–1 deficit with a 2–1 lead in their first championship since 1988.
The Dodgers held the Pulse to the NL West and Division Series. San Diego was dealing with injuries in the playoffs with two of his key starts, Mike Clezinger and Danelson Lemmett, and Clevenger is scheduled to miss the 2021 season following Tommy John’s surgery. So the Go-for-It Padres were looking for a second high-end starter and as such – along with Clezinger during the 2020 season – used their deep farm system to get one
In this case, it’s Snell, who is just 28 years old and – in his final debut – dominated the Dodgers until the Rays gave him a quick hook. With three seasons left on a five-year contract, Snell was quickly sidelined by Rage again.