Would Blake Snell Want to Pitch in Boston?

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The decision to pull Blake Snell from Game 6 of the World Series will haunt the Rays forever.  At the time of the game, they were up 1-0 and manager Kevin Cash made the horrendous decision to pull his ace.  Many fans on social media, and even people within the game, questioned why Cash would remove his starter after 5 1/3 innings and 73 pitches.

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Snell was yanked and, well, we know how the rest of the game went from there.  The Dodgers are now the reigning World Series champions and the Rays are still dealing with the backlash from this move.  The bonehead move by the Rays and Cash might have been the start of some news regarding Snell.  The Rays are in a position to shift some money around due to the pandemic.  The team we saw in the World Series this past October could look a lot different in Spring Training. 

On Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted the Rays could move Snell.  This winter's free agent class is lacking frontline starting pitching with the exception of Trevor Bauer.  If Snell is truly available the Rays will not be short of suitors for the ace lefty.  If any team should call on Snell it's the Boston Red Sox. 

Snell, 27, won the American League Cy Young in 2018 as he posted a 1.89 ERA.  He sports a career 3.24 ERA in 108 starts over the last five seasons, all with the Rays.  He is still owed $39 million over the next three seasons.  The team friendly deal the Rays have Snell inked to would be a steal for the Red Sox. 

Chaim Bloom's connection to the Rays is an obvious start as to why the Red Sox would potentially be connected to a Snell trade.  The Red Sox need pitching and that is completely obvious unless you didn't watch one inning this past summer. 

The first reaction from fans surrounding a potential Snell trade is they don't have the pieces to get the deal done.  That would be false.  The Red Sox have the prospects to complete a deal for Snell, it's really just a matter of whether Bloom would part with said prospects.  The Red Sox could present the Rays a package of young players and a player off the Major League roster who is under team control. 

At the trade deadline this past year, the Rays were linked to Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez.  Both teams back in August had "early discussions" involving Vazquez.  Could both teams re-ignite the conversation with Snell being the centerpiece? 

Vazquez comes with a team friendly contract and would be under the Rays control through 2022.  He is owed approximately $780k for the remainder of this season, $6.25 million in 2021, and there is a $7 million club option his services for 2022 that can be bought out for $250k.  The Rays have 23-year-old minor-leaguer Ronaldo Hernandez atop its catching depth chart.  He has not played a game at the Major League level and could be a realistic option in 2022.  Vazquez fills a void left by Mike Zunino, who isn't expected back in Tampa Bay next season. 

If the Red Sox were to seriously engage the Rays in a Snell trade, it will take more than Vazquez.  If both teams were seriously discussing the Vazquez in August, you would have to imagine Snell's name came up a time or two despite the Rays playoff push. 

The Red Sox need to seriously be involved in the Snell sweepstakes and bring him to Boston.  He would immediately become their ace on a team who was completely pitching deprived last season.  Bloom needs to get Snell into a Red Sox uniform next season.          
Who knows, maybe Snell is just as interested in joining the Red Sox?  Just click that tweet above and see who liked it. 

Bloom, bring Snell to Boston so he can dominate from Fenway Park.

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