The starting pitching market is weak this offseason outsiding of reigning NL Cy Young Trevor Bauer. Another Cy Young recipient is now available, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Feinsand reports the Rays aren’t “actively” shopping left-hander Blake Snell, yet will listen to offers.
Snell, only two years removed from a season where he struck out 221, going 21-5 with an ERA of 1.89. His 2020 ERA of 3.24 matches his career ERA, and he’s still only entering his age 28 season.
Snell, who has three years and $39M left on his contract extension inked following his Cy Young campaign, is a great bargain for any team in need of a starter. His World Series was stellar, holding the Dodgers to zero hits through four innings in both starts. In 10 World Series innings, he struck out 18 Dodgers. Kevin Cash pulling him in Game Six is one of the most controversial manager decisions in baseball history.
Should the Rays trade him, they’ll get a boatload in return due to his age, prowess, pedigree and contract.