Rays’ Blake Snell blasts Tommy Pham trade in Twitch stream
Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell is not happy at all over the trade that shipped outfielder Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres, to put it mildly.
In exchange for Pham, the Rays reportedly netted Hunter Renfroe, prospect infielder Xavier Edwards and a player to be named later. The Rays will also send the Padres two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth in the reported deal.
Snell took to Twitch to stream his extremely unfavorable reaction to the deal, and the 2018 Cy Young Award winner specifically singled out Edwards in his tirade.
“We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd— prospect?” Snell said during a Twitch stream early Friday morning.
ESPN reports that the full recording of Snell’s video game live stream is not available via Twitch, but the dispatch was captured and widely shared on social media.
Snell has subsequently acknowledged how he overreacted to the deal in a later Twitch stream.
“I’m not trying to belittle a minor leaguer,” Snell said in a later live stream, per Yahoo Sports. “It’s just super rude toward that guy. That kid didn’t deserve me calling him a slapd—, let’s be honest. … Tommy’s the man, bro. It’s just hella stupid.”
Concerning the target of Snell’s original disparaging remarks, Edwards is actually the No. 5 prospect in the Padres’ system. A No. 72 prospect overall, per MLB.com, the 19-year-old second baseman slashed at a 322/.375/.396 clip between Class A and Class A-Advanced last season.
That said, Snell nevertheless bemoaned in another social media post how not only are the Rays losing Pham’s production at the plate, the outfielder’s clubhouse presence will be missed.
“I’m more just upset that we gave away a huge piece of our team,” Snell said. “He was the swag of our team. He lifted a lot of our position players up with just his presence and made other guys more swaggy.”