MLB Executives Speculate on Blake Snell’s Next Move: Angels or Giants?

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Despite winning the 2023 NL Cy Young Award, Blake Snell has yet to finalize a contract with any team in MLB free agency. 

At 31 years old, he remains one of the most significant figures awaiting resolution in the free agent market, with rumors suggesting potential signings with either the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Angels.

While speculation has circulated about Snell’s possible connection to the New York Yankees, USA TODAY Sports columnist Bob Nightengale has indicated that front-office executives widely anticipate Snell’s eventual landing with one of the two California-based teams. 

Nightengale also mentioned the Philadelphia Phillies as having an interest in Snell, albeit solely on a short-term contract basis.

Giants and Angels: Race for Blake Snell’s Signature

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Oracle Park on September 25, 2023 in San Francisco, California.

Although it is intriguing that Melvin’s new team has not yet finalized his signing, this delay may be less attributed to any strain in his relationship with Snell and more to do with the strategy of agent Scott Boras, who prioritizes securing the most lucrative contracts for his clients. 

Both the Giants and Angels have reportedly expressed interest in the star pitcher, suggesting that the wait for Melvin’s signing may soon come to an end.

The Giants recently secured the signing of third baseman Matt Chapman, another one of Boras’s clients who endured a prolonged period in free agency. 

Eager to return to winning ways, the Giants are keen to bolster their roster and pairing Snell with Logan Webb would provide San Francisco with a formidable pitching duo.

Snell’s $200 Million Contract Bid

Earlier in the offseason, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that there was widespread belief that Snell was aiming for a contract exceeding $200 million following his second Cy Young Award win. 

However, as Opening Day on March 28 approaches rapidly, the likelihood of securing such a lucrative deal appears to be diminishing.

At this juncture, opting for a short-term contract might present the most favorable option for Snell. 

Recently, fellow Scott Boras clients Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman inked three-year deals with opt-outs after the first year, with the Chicago Cubs and Giants, respectively. 

Snell could potentially negotiate a similar arrangement.

It’s worth noting that Snell declined a qualifying offer from the Padres, meaning any team that signs him will be obligated to forfeit at least one draft pick to San Diego. 

Consequently, teams may be less inclined to offer Snell a contract allowing him to opt out after just one year.

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