Rays Consider Trading Ace Pitcher Blake Snell

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell in 2018. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (9886519n)

The Tampa Bay Rays appear to be ready to make some big roster moves after falling short in the 2020 World Series. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Rays are willing to listen to offers for their ace pitcher Blake Snell this offseason.

Reportedly, Snell’s trade value, which is considerably high at the moment, and his earnings are the two main factors behind the Rays’ decision. The organization believes they could get some valuable assets in return while also creating badly needed financial flexibility by getting out of the 27-year-old Snell’s contract that pays him $39 million in the next three seasons.

Feinsand reports that the Seattle Mariners and the LA Angels are currently the two teams that have the most interest in Snell.

Mariners have a longtime business history with the Rays and also can make a good offer thanks to a plethora of prospects. The move would likely work out for Snell as well, considering he was born and raised in Seattle.

Angels, on the other hand, would like to boost their rotation, and there is no better way to do that than adding a former Cy Young winner to their roster. The only question is whether they have enough assets to pull off a deal like this.

Blake Snell made his MLB debut with Rays in 2016 and has since become one of the team’s most impactful pitchers. This was especially the case in the 2018 MLB season when he led the American League in wins and ERA while winning the Cy Young Award and receiving an All-Star nod.

Snell’s career stars include a 42-30 record, 3.24 ERA, and 648 strikeouts.