The San Diego Padres are making it clear they’re gunning for a World Series in 2021 by acquiring Blake Snell.
If the San Diego Padres cracked the door last year with their incredible season, they just blew the doors off the hinges.
The Padres pulled off a trade that lands them Cy Young winner Blake Snell, adding him to a stable of pitching talent that will be the envy of teams across the league.
Jeff Passan from ESPN was the one who broke the news of the deal.
BREAKING: The San Diego Padres are finalizing a trade to acquire former Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays for prospects.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 28, 2020
According to Passan, the Padres will be shipping a package of prospects back to the Rays that includes prized catcher Francisco Mejia.
“The prospective deal that would send Blake Snell to San Diego would be centered around top pitching prospect Luis Patiño, sources tell ESPN,” Passan reported. “Also in the deal, as Dennis Linreported, would be catcher Francisco Mejia, pitcher Cole Wilcox, and Blake Hunt, a young catcher.”
San Diego Padres have the makings of a baseball dynasty
Acquiring Snell loads the Padres starting rotation up with an absolutely stunning amount of talent. Snell will headline a rotation in San Diego that already includes Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack, and Zach Davies — three of the best young arms in baseball.
Things will get even better in 2022 when Mike Clevinger comes back from Tommy John surgery and rounds out what could be an all-time great starting rotation.
If that wasn’t terrifying enough for opponents, add to that an offense led by Frenando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Eric Hosmer giving run support to a rotation of aces.
The move is a clear shot across the bow that lets the rest of the league know that San Deigo plans on trying to win a World Series in 2021 and beyond. This is not the Padres of the last twenty years — in fact, this is unlike any Padres team we’ve ever seen before.
Slam Diego, as they came to be known last season, already had our curiosity but now they have everyone’s attention.