A Pathetic Attempt to Bring Blake Snell to the Mariners
Everybody and their mother believes the Seattle Mariners need to add starting pitching at the deadline. Therefore, just about anybody who becomes available will be discussed. Today, we discuss the most impossible of options.
Many Mariners fans were calmly going about there day. Perhaps they were listening to 710 ESPN Seattle, or just gliding through twitter, when national writer John Paul Morosi threw a grenade into Mariners fandom with one casual sentences.
During an interview on the Brock and Salk show on Tuesday, Morosi was talking about Seattle’s needs at the deadline. Towards the end of the answer, he mentioned that it would make sense for Seattle to try and add controllable starting pitching, rather than rentals. So far, a pretty standard interview.
Then came the grenade. Morosi said that guys like Matthew Boyd and, wait for it, Blake Snell would make a lot of sense. Yeah, that Blake Snell. The one who dominated the Mariners at Safeco Field just a few weeks ago. The soon to be All-Star lefty, Blake Snell.
So we took to Twitter to ask you if it was even worth our time to discuss this impossible, borderline psychotic claim, and you guys responded.
I shouldn’t be surprised. Everybody loves talking trade. But with the sheer volume of problems involved in a deal like this, I thought it would at least be closer than this.
Let’s stop and think about this for a second. First, the Rays have to be willing to trade Snell, who has 4 1/2 years of club control, including another 2 years before he is arbitration eligible. Then, almost every other team in baseball would have to make a worse offer for Snell. After all, Snell would easily become the most sought-after prize on the trade market.
The Yankees certainly need SP, and certainly, have a better farm system from which to offer to the Rays. In addition, Snell isn’t only going to be pursued by contenders like Lance Lynn or JA Happ would be. At 25 years old, Snell would look great in every rotation. A team like the Padres with their loaded system could easily trounce anything Seattle could offer.
So, thanks a lot, jerks. But we are a website of our word. So here now is a pathetic attempt for us to fathom a load of BS that looks somewhat like a trade that could happen in Major League Baseball.