After losing in the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Tampa Rays have reportedly just traded the one man who almost won it for them—Blake Snell.
The Rays traded their star starting pitcher to the San Diego Padres for four young prospects, in a move that suggests they’re possibly rebuilding for the future.
We last saw Snell when he was striking out multiple Dodger players in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, in what may have been the greatest performance of his career.
What happened next boggled the minds of many, with Rays manager Kevin Cash taking Snell out of the game. The result was a Dodger victory, leading many to wonder what would have been had Snell stayed in the game.
Nevertheless, Snell is now set to be a Padre, and therefore has much to be excited about. He’ll join a star-studded cast of players, and thus may find himself in the playoffs once more.
The 2018 AL Cy Young winner is coming off a strong season, boasting a 3.24 ERA and an even better 3.03 postseason ERA. If he does anything close to that this season, the Padres should be pretty happy.