MLB Rumors: Finalist For Blake Snell May Be Abandoning Interest

Recent reports suggest that the Los Angeles Angels, who were once actively pursuing free-agent pitcher Blake Snell, are now potentially veering away from securing his services.

According to sources such as Sam Blum of The Athletic and Curt Bishop, the Angels seem to be shifting their focus towards internal options, notably considering transitioning right-hander Andrew Wantz into the rotation.

The 28-year-old Wantz has been impressive over the last two seasons, posting a 3.51 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, with 85 strikeouts across 89.2 innings and 69 appearances (4 starts).

This apparent change in strategy indicates a significant departure from their earlier pursuit of Snell and hints at a reevaluation of their offseason plans.

Andrew Wantz has moved to a starter role, at least for now, Angels' manager Ron Washington said. He said the reason is a need for depth in the rotation

The Angels' decision comes at a critical juncture for the team, marked by the departure of Shohei Ohtani and the absence of a clear ace in their rotation.

The Angels' notable additions this offseason include Zach Plesac, Robert Stephenson, Matt Moore, Drew Pomeranz, and Adam Cimber.

By considering internal options like Wantz, the Angels may be signaling a prioritization of homegrown talent over pursuing high-profile acquisitions like Snell.

Whether this move definitively takes them out of the running for Snell remains to be seen. Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports