MLB Rumors: AL East Team Makes Offer To Free Agent Blake Snell

The New York Yankees have reportedly extended a contract offer to Blake Snell, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner.

Blake Snell, who previously pitched for the San Diego Padres, had an impressive 2023 season.

He recorded a 14-9 win-loss record, leading the league with a 2.25 ERA, and amassed 234 strikeouts over 180 innings.

This performance earned him his second Cy Young Award, making him one of the few pitchers to have won the award in both the American and National Leagues.

Despite this achievement, Snell has been patient during the offseason, carefully considering his options.

His strategy seems to be influenced by the high-value contracts awarded to other top free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, potentially increasing his market value as teams become more eager to strengthen their pitching lineups.

The Yankees, having shown interest in both Ohtani and Yamamoto earlier in the offseason, appear keen on securing Snell's services.

If Snell joins the Yankees, he would form a formidable duo with Gerrit Cole, another American League Cy Young winner, enhancing a pitching staff that needs reinforcement, especially following the Yankees' trade for outfielder Juan Soto in December.

However, a deal between Snell and the Yankees is not imminent, as there are significant differences in the ongoing negotiations.

The specific terms of the Yankees' offer to Snell are not publicly known. Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with Marcus Stroman, possibly indicating a pivot in their strategy due to the stalled talks with Snell.

In addition to the Yankees, teams like the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in him. Photo Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports