Somehow it’s March 17 and free agent starting pitcher Blake Snell remains unsigned. He has been connected to multiple teams this offseason, including the Dodgers.

It’s unlikely that Snell will wind up in Los Angeles, but the team can always use more starting pitcher help. He would give them a proven playoff performer and best of all, they wouldn’t have to face him any longer.

However, the Dodgers aren’t seen as the favorites, but instead a direct rival in the NL West. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the San Francisco Giants are now “looming” as favorites for the reigning Cy Young winner.

“The San Francisco Giants are now looming as the favorites for Snell, who have been engaged, but were also waiting for the price-tag to drop.”

Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today
The Giants have been linked with Snell all offseason, in part due to his connection with former Padres manager Bob Melvin. Melvin knows better than anyone how dominant Snell can be, so the connection makes sense.

There was some thought that Snell could be headed to the Houston Astros earlier this week, but Nightengale is reporting that the two sides couldn’t agree on a deal. Nightengale also said that Snell is looking for at least a two-year deal, worth $60 million.
“The Houston Astros, who exchanged contract proposals this week for two-time Cy Young winner Blake Snell, now appear to be long-shots to sign him. They have balked at Snell’s asking price of at least a two-year guarantee for $60 million, including an opt-out after the 2024 season.”

Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today
Teams have turned down Snell’s high asking price all winter, so he has seemingly brought it down. It’s been reported that his camp is open to a short-term deal, which includes opt-outs. This type of contract could open the door for a team like the Dodgers if they are interested.

Los Angeles would much rather not see Snell head up north, but interested teams seem to be dwindling. As with anything in free agency, things are fluid, but it seems that the long free agency of Snell may be coming to a close sooner rather than later.

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