Yankees Have New Competition in Blake Snell Sweepstakes

The Yankees are the only team interested in adding NL Cy Young award winner Blake Snell to their pitching rotation this season.

Jul 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4)
Jul 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Yankees are still looking to make another addition to their starting rotation ahead of Opening Day next month.

The Yankees signed free agent Marcus Stroman to a two-year deal in the offseason, but they still have “serious interest” in two-time Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. However, New York isn't the only team interested in adding the veteran left-handed starting pitcher to their rotation this season.

Yankees Rumors: Angels, Giants Still in the Mix for Blake Snell

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported on Monday that Snell has an offer on the table from the Yankees. But the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants remain possibilities to acquire his services.

This latest news coincides with what USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale wrote Sunday, reporting that the Yankees offered Snell a five-year, $150 million deal before pivoting to Stroman for a two-year contract.

Among the three teams, New York doesn’t need Snell, as they have Stroman, Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Carlos Rodon. 

However, Snell, who is coming off an outstanding 2023 season with the San Diego Padres, would provide the Yankees with some security and give them one of the better rotations in the American League.

At the same time, the Angels desperately need a No. 1 starter as they lost two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels’ best starting pitcher is Reid Detmers or Patrick Sandoval, depending on the day. Meanwhile, the Giants have Logan Webb to headline their rotation, but there’s a lot of question marks after that.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see where Snell lands as we get closer to Opening Day, and teams would like to solidify their rosters for the 2024 season.

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