Not gonna lie, it’s been a rough couple days to be a Rays fan. Local stingray is not happy! On Monday, the Rays reached an agreement to trade Blake Snell to the Padres for right-handers Luis Patiño, catcher Francisco Mejía, minor leaguer righty Cole Wilcox, and minor league catcher Blake Hunt. Then to make room on the 40-man, the Rays dealt talented but enigmatic lefty Jose Alvarado to the Phillies in a three-team deal. The Rays received back minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson.
Let’s see what the greater sportsworld had to say about these moves.
From Eno Sarris:
I don’t think Patiño is a bad prospect & I really should have put Mejia in fake trades instead of Campusano duh, Rays need a catcher now (https://t.co/qWLdplR2NB) & I guess this was predictable & sad & I guess there are some injury issues but duh you get Blake Snell when you can.— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) December 28, 2020
From Emma Baccellieri:
Lord forgive me but I have ventured into The Rays Discourse https://t.co/RBTMmZkRAz— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) December 28, 2020
From John Romano:
Sorry, Rays, but trading Blake Snell is not how defending champs behave https://t.co/vPDJAJbZvx— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) December 28, 2020
From Steve Kinsella:
From Joel Sherman:
From Tricia Whitaker:
Been flooded with questions about the recent reports concerning Blake Snell and the Rays.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) December 29, 2020
So what better way to clear the air than discussing it on @MLBnetwork tonight with my friend Greg Amsinger?
Take a listen to part of our segment. pic.twitter.com/8B8rBXRBFE
From Juan Toribio:
There’s no way around it, the #Rays got worse in 2021, at least at this point in the offseason. A full look at the trade that is sending Blake Snell to San Diego in exchange for four prospects, including Luis Patiño: https://t.co/rIMdskxCyV— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) December 28, 2020
From Neil Solondz:
IN OTHER NEWS:
The Rays weren’t the only team to deal an ace, as the Cubs dealt Yu Darvish, also to the Padres. Man, those Padres are gonna be fun to watch. The Cubs received back Zach Davies and some magic beans.
Cubs-Padres deal will be Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to SD for Zach Davies, SS Reginald Preciado, OF Owen Caissie, OF Ismael Mena and SS Yeison Santana, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 29, 2020
In other, other news, Ji-Man Choi was names Incheon Man of the Year.
Incheon of the year.— ji-Man Choi 26 (@cjm0519) December 29, 2020
thank you. pic.twitter.com/NgQKUKcOKg
I’m sure some other things happened in the baseball world, but frankly, I’m exhausted. And angry. And sad. And exhausted. And... well, you get the idea. Good luck, Blake and Jose! And I really hope Patiño and Mejía are everything the Rays hope they are. And I reeeeeeeallly hope the Rays aren’t done, because this team is worse than it was on Christmas Day.