Bound for the Padres, Blake Snell sorry to join the ranks of former Rays players

Blake Snell

By Tuesday afternoon, two days had passed since they decided to leave their separate ways, Blake Snell was looking for a new life and Eric Neander seemed very sad. . Snell has a new puppy. “Goose,” as he called it, seemed to comfort him. Neander, general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, who traded Snell for the San Diego Padres for four players, had a drink. They said they knew they had every reason to be happy. From the beginning or near the beginning of the new rotation, Snell headed to the hottest city in the country to lead the most daring baseball team. And Neander, he went through, saw or pulled the trigger in transactions that alienated David Price, James Shields, Chris Archer, and Matt Moore, to name just a few of the pitchers, and deep down he thinks so franchises are healthy. small markets that do not attract attention remain healthy.

The story is about the Padres, they never won the World Series, first trying to be the best team in Southern California, and Snell. And how the Parents now have the means to win two games they did not make by the end of 2020, with four boys instead of Snell. The story of the emergence and collapse of the market to check and do and negotiate and win with a player who is no longer able – or chooses not – to be able to at its basic level, how it works when a disease strikes, and how markets sell longer while others sell shorter. And, what hurt them all in the corners of their souls, emerged a decade ago from an 18-year-old right-wing gang, with a big fastball and sad eyes found throughout 52.

Blake Snell, who was trafficked from the Rays to the Padres, said he was leaving Tampa bittersweet. Blake Snell, trafficked from the Rays to the Padres, said he was leaving Tampa as a prey. Snell is three years from a free agency. It plans to raise $ 3.5 million – from $7.6 million – by 2021. By 2023, it will make $16.6 million. So, at 28 and with a nice summary, a bargain. He said Tuesday that he knew his time would finally come, that it’s part of being a Tampa Bay Ray, saying goodbye, and being like the one who leaves. He used to make fun of a lot of guys on the way out. He said, he added, the hours that had passed since the call told him it was the latest to leave, “It was just sad. Honestly, it was just sad. I didn’t process what it’s like to get Arizona spring training, to go play in San Diego with this team. I was just thinking more about the last 10 years of my life and what I have been through. And the things I learned, the people I met, and how important it is to my life. ”

At that moment he smiled, probably because life was so far away from the life now awaiting. He said the Padres certainly have a “whiteness,” which looks good and means they know who they are and like them, in line with his good qualities. Also, he can still call his old teammates, he usually calls Snyder, because, he says, “That’s what he signed when he signed to be mine.


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