MLB Weekly Digest January 4th Edition: Padres Acquire Starting Pitchers Blake Snell & Yu Darvish

MLB Weekly Digest January 4th Edition: Padres Acquire Starting Pitchers Blake Snell & Yu Darvish

The last week in MLB was about a team in the National League making significant upgrades to their starting rotation and signing an infielder to a multi-year contract. Multiple teams are interested in a relief pitcher.

San Diego Padres Acquire Starting Pitchers Blake Snell And Yu Darvish

The San Diego Padres made extreme waves last week when they acquired not one but two ace starting pitchers last week in Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs.

The Padres sent the Rays catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt, and right-handed pitchers Luis Patino and Cole Wilcox, per Dennis Lin of The Athletic.

The other major deal the Padres made involved receiving Darvish, catcher Victor Caratini, and cash considerations from the Cubs.

They sent the Cubs right-handed pitcher Zach Davies and four prospects.

The prospects they sent to Chicago are shortstops Reginald Preciado and Yeison Santana and outfielders Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Snell’s addition is terrific as they add an ace to the staff who not only pitched well during the regular season but remained consistent in the playoffs.

Snell posted a 3.24 ERA in 50 innings (11 starts) with 63 strikeouts, and 10 home runs yielded in the regular season.

He compiled a 3.03 ERA across 29 2/3 innings pitched (six postseason starts) in the playoffs.

Snell is under team control for the next three seasons and will make $39 million within that period.

The multiple years of control are the reason why the Padres had to include Patino in the deal.

The young flamethrower was one of the better pitching prospects in the Padres farm system.

Wilcox, who the Rays also received in the deal, has yet to pitch in the minors.

The Padres selected him in the third round of the 2020 draft, and I’m confident the Rays will develop him into a pitcher that pays dividends in the future.

The Rays received solid talent in the deal for Snell, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The Rays moving Snell is not a surprise considering how they run their team and operate with a low payroll.

They probably will not be as good as last year’s team, but they will be competitive.

The Padres will also have Darvish under control for three years.

The Cubs did send the Padres $3 million as part of the trade, per Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago.

The Padres will be responsible for the remaining $59 million left on his contract.

Darvish finished second in the National League Cy Young voting last year as he posted an 8-3 record with a 2.01 ERA, 2.23 FIP, 0.96 WHIP in 76 innings.

The right-hander is a four-time All-Star who has averaged 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Padres will have one of the better starting rotations in the NL next year, with Darvish, Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack, and possibly Adrian Morejon or MacKenzie Gore will be the fifth starter.

Next year, they will hopefully have starting pitcher Mike Clevinger healthy as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The move to get both starting pitchers sets the Padres to have success in the present and future.

They have at least a three-year window to challenge the Dodgers for NL West supremacy.

The impressive part of both deals is they did not have to give up any of their top prospects, and this includes Gore, who is regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in MLB.

The Padres have a deep farm system, and it was utilized to acquire Snell and Darvish.

San Diego Padres Sign Infielder Ha-Seong Kim to Four-Year Deal

The San Diego Padres have agreed to a deal with Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim, per Dennis Lin of The Athletic.

The contract is worth $25 million over four years, per Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Kim is a career .294 hitter with 133 home runs across seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).

He hit a career-high 30 home runs in 138 games last year.

Kim has played at shortstop and third base the past several seasons.

The Padres plan to have him play at second base, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

If Kim can replicate the success he achieved at the plate in Korea with the Padres, they will find a way to get his bat into the everyday lineup.

The signing of Kim can be a good move by the Padres, considering his track record over several years in the KBO.

Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox Among Teams Eyeing Reliever Alex Colome

The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox are among the MLB teams interested in free-agent reliever Alex Colome, per Robert Murray of FanSided.

Colome has spent the last two years with the White Sox and performed great within that time frame by compiling a 2.27 ERA with 42 saves in 83 games.

The right-hander was superb in the shortened 2020 season.

He posted a minuscule 0.81 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched (21 games) with 16 strikeouts, zero home runs surrendered, and a 0.94 WHIP.

The market for Colome will develop once other free-agent relievers such as Liam Hendriks and Brad Hand sign deals.

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