The Phillies have already started their Grapefruit League schedule, but could they still be looking to their regular season roster?

According to USA TODAY Major League Baseball columnist Bob Nightengale they still could add - at the right price.

Nightengale notes the Phillies would have interest in adding left-handed starter Blake Snell on a one-year or short-term contract.

The Philadelphia Phillies have interest in Blake Snell, but only on a one-year or short-term contract.

Snell would fit right into the Phillies rotation behind Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, giving the Phillies three potential Cy Young candidates. Snell is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and also won the award in 2018 when he won 21 games pitching for the Tama Bay Rays. Last season in winning the Cy Young, Snell was 14-9 with a 2.25 ERA, striking out 234 batters in 180 innings pitched.

The Phillies made a big push to sign Yoshinobu Yamamoto so have shown they still think they could use some top-end pitching.

Overall, Snell is 71–55 with a 3.20 ERA with 1,223 strikeouts in just 992.2 innings pitched.

If the Phillies were to add Snell, that would likely push lefty Cristopher Sánchez to the bullpen, with Wheeler, Nola, Suárez, and Taijuan Walker in the rotation in adding to Snell.

Adding Snell at this stage of the offseason could mean that he might not be ready to open the season in the rotation, but could give the Phillies another top-of-the-rotation starter for the playoffs.

While Snell is a two-time Cy Younger winner, his issues have been with pitching deep into games.


There are taxpayer implications if the team were to add Snell, but if owner John Middleton thinks the left-hander is a final piece to the Phillies championship puzzle, he might make the move, if Snell is willing to comply with the team-friendly terms.

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