ANOTHER Extension - This Time It's Cy Young Winner Blake Snell Getting $50M from the Rays

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ANOTHER Extension – This Time It’s Cy Young Winner Blake Snell Getting $50M from the Rays

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There are always extensions this time of year, but man, this year has been something else. Alex Bregman, Eloy Jimenez, Aaron Nola, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Luis Severino, Nolan Arenado, and even Mike Trout. If you are a young star – not on the Cubs – you got a huge deal this Spring!

I exaggerate, of course, but how about one more to add to the mix? The freaking AL Cy Young winner, at that:

Snell, 26, was long a top prospect the Rays’ system, which constantly churns out good young pitchers, and then exploded last year to the tune of a 1.89 ERA, a 2.95 FIP, and 180.2 innings over 31 starts. If he kept that up, obviously he would have gotten a boatload more in arbitration, let alone that free agent year he gave up. But pitchers are risky things, and arms break down. Locking in $50 million from the Rays, when he wasn’t going to really start to get paid until after this season, is not a bad decision.

As far as the Cubs go this Spring, I kinda have an agnostic take:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.