Cincinnati Reds: 3 reasons to avoid trading for Blake Snell

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Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts as he is being taken out of the game.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts as he is being taken out of the game. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Blake Snell is the not the answer for the Reds is Trevor Bauer leaves via free agency.

It’s being reported by MLB.com writer Mark Feinsand that the Tampa Bay Rays are fielding offers for pitcher Blake Snell. While all of Reds Country waits with bated-breath, hoping that their team will re-sign Cy Young-winner Trevor Bauer, a trade for Snell is one the Cincinnati Reds front office should avoid at all costs.

According the Feinsand, the Rays have reportedly made it known that they are willing to listen to offers for Snell. The left-hander, a former Cy Young-winner in his own right, has been with Tampa Bay since he was drafted in 2011. Snell is in the middle of a five-year/$50M contract that expires following the 2023 season.

Some fans would look at that contract, Snell’s track record, and the likely departure of Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani and say, “Sign me up, coach.” However, there’s no need for the Cincinnati Reds to take the bait. Snell, while a solid starting pitcher, should remain off the team’s radar this offseason.

1. The Reds should be leery when the Rays are ready to trade a player.

If there’s one thing that the majority of baseball fans know, it’s this; the Tampa Bay Rays are extraordinary when it comes to acquiring talent. Tampa Bay’s scouting department appears to be playing chess while every other front office is playing checkers. That pain is known all too well by the Reds NL Central rivals – the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Randy Arozarena became a household name during the postseason, but it’s doubtful that many fans knew his name prior to his ascension with the Rays. Arozarena was once part of the Cardinals organization and was shipped to Tampa Bay in exchange for Matthew Liberatore, a catching prospect, and a draft pick. Thank goodness Arozarena is no longer in St. Louis, right?

The Rays also made a deal with the Pirates in 2018. Tampa Bay sent their most talented pitcher (sound familiar?) to Pittsburgh in exchange for Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and a player to be named later. That talented pitcher was Chris Archer, who’s bombed since going to the Steel City and is now a free agent.

The Cincinnati Reds struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2019 when they acquired Curt Casali for cash. Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead. The Rays organization has proven time and time again that they know what they’re doing. Tampa Bay will be able to get a haul for Snell, something we’ll discuss in detail later. Every team should be leery of doing business with the Rays.

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