Padres finalizing deal for Blake Snell in trade for Luis Patino, other prospects

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres made a move to replace their ace. The team on Sunday night was close to finalizing a deal to acquire starting pitcher Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Luis Patino, Francisco Mejía, Cole Wilcox and Blake Hunt. Multiple sources confirmed the deal, which was first reported by The Athletic. Snell moves into the spot atop the Padres’ rotation left empty when Mike Clevinger underwent Tommy John surgery last month. Snell, 28, won the American Cy Young award in 2018 and has a 2.85 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over the past three seasons. He had a 3.24 ERA and 1…

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