Hello and happy Monday.
We all know that the San Francisco Giants play in a brutal division. Last year the NL West not only had the World Series champions in the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the two teams in the NL who had the best records: the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Expand to include the AL, and the division had the best and third-best records in baseball.
And now they’re getting better. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Padres — fresh off a 37-23 season — are adding 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell in a blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The prospective deal that would send Blake Snell to San Diego would be centered around top pitching prospect Luis Patiño, sources tell ESPN. Also in the deal, as @dennistlin reported, would be catcher Francisco Mejia, pitcher Cole Wilcox and Blake Hunt, a young catcher.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 28, 2020
The Giants would have had to gut their farm to compete with that offer, which features three of San Diego’s top 10 prospects, per Fangraphs, and the No. 10 prospect in all of baseball. So it’s OK to think that the Giants were smart to sit this one out.
But it’s still rough to see the division’s rich get richer while the Giants continue to shop in the sale isle at the dollar mart.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Madison Bumgarner dominates, Giants sweep Nationals (Aug. 16, 2015 — Grant Brisbee)
- Hank Schulman on the death of former scouting director Matt Nerland (SF Chronicle)
- Kerry Crowley answers mailbag questions, including what the Giants will do to end their postseason drought (Mercury News)
- Jim Bowden finds homes for the top 40 free agents (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Kerry Crowley on why the Giants might return to the pitching and defense equation to get back to the playoffs (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic on how NL West managers liked some of the rule changes last year (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Alex Pavlovic on if MLB should keep the controversial rule changes that were part of 2020 (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Will Leitch has a holiday gift for all 30 teams (MLB)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 94 days until Opening Day.
Have a truly great Monday, everyone.