Report: 2-time Cy Young winner Blake Snell agrees to 2-year, $62 million deal with Giants after 3 seasons with Padres

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Blake Snell's very long offseason is finally over.  (Sean M. Hafey/Getty Images)
Blake Snell’s very long offseason is finally over. (Sean M. Hafey/Getty Images)

Blake Snell is leaving San Diego for San Francisco.

The two-time Cy Young winner has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $62 million deal with the Giants, ending a three-season stint with the Padres and a long, uncertain offseason. of mlb network Jon Heyman first reported News Monday. According to multiple reports, Snell have an opt-out After one season.

The deal comes just 10 days before the start of the regular season and concludes Snell’s difficult free agency with agent Scott Boras. Snell was the No. 4 free agent on Yahoo Sports’ top-25 list entering the winter. According to multiple reports, the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels were also linked with interest in Snell, but he ultimately landed in San Francisco.

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Can Snell maintain his Cy Young form?

The 31-year-old Snell is coming off a resurgent campaign that helped him capture the second Cy Young Award of his career. He posted an NL-best 2.25 ERA with a 1.189 WHIP with 234 strikeouts in 180 innings in 2023. His 5.9 hits allowed per nine innings were best in the NL.

Snell has a four-pitch arsenal anchored by a high-90s fastball that is used to set up strikeouts plus a slider, curveball and changeup. His high strikeout rate allowed him to minimize the damage last season despite allowing an NL-most 99 walks.

His previous ERA was his best since his previous Cy Young season, which came in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays. That year, he posted an AL-best 1.89 ERA.

Snell’s control, or lack thereof, can sometimes cause problems. Between his Cy Youngs, he posted two seasons with an ERA over 4 — 4.29 in 2019 and 4.20 in 2021 — but at his best, he’s one of baseball’s most tremendous pitchers. He would provide a significant boost at the top of San Francisco’s rotation alongside Logan Webb, with his signing concluding a secret-good veteran offseason that also included Jorge Soler, Jung Hoo Lee and Matt Chapman in the lineup.

Beginning of a new era for the Padres

Snell’s exit from San Diego signals an effort to cut the team’s payroll, as the Padres made several high-profile acquisitions in recent seasons under departing owner Peter Seidler. Shortly after trading for Snell in 2020, the Padres made a deal for fellow All-Star starter Yu Darvish. They traded for perennial MVP candidate Juan Soto at the 2022 trade deadline and signed All-Star infielder Xander Bogaerts to a $280 million free-agent contract next winter.

Those players joined a roster that already included rising star Fernando Tatis Jr. and All-Star Manny Machado and was designed to compete for San Diego’s first World Series championship. And the Padres advanced to the NLCS in 2022 before a disappointing 82-80 campaign in 2023, falling short of the postseason.

The Padres still plan to field a competitive roster in 2024 and could compete for the wild card. But the days of free-wheeling spending under Seidler – who died in November – appear to be in the past.

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