From Jen Langosch (MLB Pro Blog):
There may not be any biggest discussion/dilemma in the Pirates’ front office right now than about what to do with Ian Snell. One month ago, the right-hander asked for a demotion to Triple-A, certainly not something you hear a player asking about every day. He also has expressed little interest in coming back to Pittsburgh. Since going to Triple-A Indianapolis, Snell has been unbelievable. He has allowed just two earned runs in 32 1/3 innings (five starts). He has 43 strikeouts and 12 walks.
So it’s no surprise that a number of clubs have already contacted the Pirates to see what it would take to land Snell.
The Yankees are the latest and have a scout at Indianapolis’ Victory Field on Sunday to watch Snell’s start. Though their level of interest in Snell isn’t known, it’s no secret that New York is in the market for a starting pitcher to replace Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation. Obviously, Snell is being looked at as a potential option.
Snell is a solid buy-low option to add to the Yankees’ pitching depth and has been rumored to be within Brian Cashman’s crosshairs for a few weeks now. He has the stuff to excel in the Majors and has shown that in previous seasons, it’s just a matter of putting it together and commanding his pitches. GM Neal Huntington is planning to play hardball, though, now that Snell has sparkled since his demotion. He claims that the Pirates will sell high when trading Snell, however, this is the same guy who, just a few weeks ago, said that Snell’s contract extension was a “mistake” and that the Pirates would look to “salvage” the deal. If Huntington wanted to sell high with Snell, maybe he shouldn’t have exposed himself like that. The Pirates have been the Yankees’ best friend since last year, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them come together and give Snell a new home.
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