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BREAKING: Blake Snell headed to Padres in blockbuster trade

Blake Snell Padres Tamp Bay Rays

This just in: San Diego’s World Series aspirations have gone through the roof. The Padres are acquiring Cy Young award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays. Details of the deal were reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The San Diego Padres are coming off a hopeful 2020 campaign. They finished with a 37-23 record and made the playoffs again for the first time since 2006. Despite falling to the eventual champion Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 in the 2020 NLDS, there’s nowhere to go but up for the San Diego side.

The team has its hopes and dreams pinned on young superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. The sensational shortstop can only get better from here, after posting .277/.366/.571 splits with 17 home runs in just 59 games last season. The five-tool versatility with him has shown up immediately in just his age 21 season.

The Padres already have established stars flanking Tatis Jr. in the infield, with Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer bringing the heat from other spots in the lineup. Manny Machado is somehow still just 28 years old, and is locked up for the next decade after signing his massive contract a season ago. The third-baseman hasn’t disappointed with .304/.370/.580 splits with 16 home runs.

Snell joins a rotation that saw standout seasons from starters Zach Davies and Dinelson Lamet. Their club ranked 8th in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.86. Expect that mark to improve with Blake Snell on board. The All-Star had an impressive 2020 campaign which saw his season ERA at 3.24 through 11 total games played.

With a young, playoff-bound team adding a surefire ace to their rotation, the sky is the limit for these Padres next season and beyond.