Yankees Keeping Tabs on Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner

The Yankees reportedly have "serious interest" in Blake Snell after offering him a five-year deal in the offseason.
Jul 20, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) pitches
Jul 20, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) pitches / Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees made a couple of splash moves in the offseason, acquiring Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres and signing Marcus Stroman to a two-year deal. Both moves were imperative, especially Stroman, as the Yankees needed another reliable starter to go with Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Carlos Rodon.

The Yankees’ starting rotation looks good on paper (pending health), but that’s not stopping the organization from looking at potentially signing an award-winning pitcher to solidify their staff as they try to get back to the postseason in 2024.

Yankees Rumors: New York Still Has Serious Interest in Blake Snell 

USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale wrote on Sunday morning that the Yankees still have serious interest in signing NL Cy Young starting pitcher Blake Snell. Nightengale said that New York offered Snell a five-year, $150 million deal before they decided to sign Stroman.

However, the MLB scribe adds that New York is waiting to see if Snell’s asking price will drop on a long-term deal or if he’ll take a shorter deal that will pay him more than $35 million per year. 

The longer Snell and Jordan Montgomery wait to sign contracts, the more likely that both starting pitchers will have to consider taking shorter-term deals. 

Last month, it was reported that Snell wanted to play for New York, and as we see, the Yankees offered him a gigantic deal in the process.

Snell would be a perfect addition to the Yankees’ rotation after coming off an outstanding 2023 season with the Padres. The two-time Cy Young Award winner had a 14-9 record and a 2.25 ERA in a career-high 32 starts. He also produced 234 strikeouts and 99 walks while giving up 15 home runs in 180 innings pitched.

With Spring Training underway across the majors, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees decide to sign Snell or if the southpaw pitcher will be playing elsewhere this season.

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