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Blake Snell signs with the San Francisco Giants

The Snellstakes are finally over. The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros were among the teams trying to acquire Blake Snell. However, like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, they failed to do so. The New York Post's Jon Heyman was the first to report that Snell signed with the San Francisco Giants.

The deal is for two years and $62 million. It includes an opt-out after the 2024 season. The signing comes late, as we are just ten days away from the start of the season.

Last year with the San Diego Padres, Snell was 14-9 with a 2.25 ERA, which led the majors.

In 180 innings pitched, he had 234 strikeouts and led the National League with a 6.0 bWAR. His 37.4 percent whiff rate was the second-highest of any starting pitcher behind Spencer Strider. Snell also won the National League Cy Young award, becoming the seventh player to win the CY Young in both the American and National Leagues.

For the Giants, signing Snell was a no-brainer. Snell was the best pitcher on the market after Ohtani and Yamamoto. He is a good fit for the Giants and will add some much-needed depth to the rotation. Even though the Giants expect Alex Cobb to be back soon, Robbie Ray isn't likely to be back until mid-season, which means the Giants needed a pitcher. The addition of Snell will make the Giants rotation one of the best in the National League. Snell's signing also makes Jordan Montgomery the only unsigned free agent on the market.

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