MLB Rumors: Blake Snell trade makes sense, but Padres have other plans
Blake Snell is dealing. That’s nothing new, but the Padres southpaw has been completely lights out since the start of June, posting an 0.87 ERA over five starts in June and not allowing a run in two July starts to this point. He’s also averaging more than 10 strikeouts per start over that run as well.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed the fortunes for San Diego in the 2023 MLB season. The overpriced roster comes into the All-Star break four games below .500 (43-47) and 8.5 games out of first place in the NL West.
Their unseemly positioning in the standings has led some around the league to believe that the Padres should sell at the upcoming trade deadline. In fact, USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale reported on Sunday that rival general managers in the league believe that San Diego should trade Snell and reliever Josh Hader, both of whom are set to hit free agency this offseason. He also furthered that other teams believe the Friars should listen to Juan Soto offers.
But will they do it?
Nightengale has that answer as well and, in the firmest terms, absolutely not. Instead, the insider reports that two GMs in MLB have been told the Padres will be aggressive at the deadline and are more likely to be buyers than anything.
With the way San Diego has pot-committed itself with aggressive team-building over recent years, this isn’t wholly a shock, to be sure. But for what guys like Snell and Hader (and Soto) could fetch on the trade market where they all could fill big needs for real contenders, it’s hard to believe that they are going about smart business with this reported approach.