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ESPN MLB insider
Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”
The San Diego Padres are finalizing a trade to acquire former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays for top pitching prospect Luis Patiño, catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt and right-handed pitching prospect Cole Wilcox, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN on Sunday.
The trade, which is pending medical reviews, would send the 28-year-old Snell to the Padres and was agreed upon exactly two months to the day of Game 6 of the World Series, in which he threw 5⅓ brilliant innings only to be pulled. Tampa Bay wound up losing the game and series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres’ aggressiveness has placed them in the middle of trade talks all winter. While they were discussing potential deals for the Chicago Cubs‘ Yu Darvish and Cincinnati Reds‘ Sonny Gray, their focus turned to Snell, whose contract will pay him $39 million over the next three years.
Tampa Bay, whose history of trading top pitchers includes dealing James Shields, David Price and