NY Mets fans should fear the Philadelphia Phillies signing Blake Snell this offseason
The Phillies signing Hader would be rough because it'd help them finally bring in that lockdown closer they've lacked for years. Philadelphia signing Snell could be even worse because of how big of a need the rotation has become.
Zack Wheeler is obviously one of the best pitchers in baseball now, but there isn't much behind him. Guys like Ranger Suarez and Taijuan Walker are decent mid-rotation arms, but Suarez has never made 30 starts in a season and Walker wasn't even trusted to make a single postseason appearance. Cristopher Sanchez broke out in 2023 and looks like a decent back-end starter, but it's clear Philadelphia needs another frontline arm to pair with Wheeler at the top.
The Phillies number two starter in the last couple of years has been Aaron Nola, but he's a free agent. The Phillies could look to bring him back, but they can also very easily look to upgrade. Blake Snell is a guy who could be considered just that.
Snell is going to win his second Cy Young award for his performance this past season. It's unlikely that his performance from this past season is sustainable, but it's also very likely that Snell is going to have better numbers than Nola did for the Phillies this past season.
Nola at his best does not have the ceiling Snell does. That's become abundantly clear with the season Snell just had. Additionally, Snell has a 2.66 ERA in eight starts against the Mets including a 2.81 ERA in six starts at Citi Field. The Mets seeing him more often than they already did with Snell in San Diego wouldn't be ideal.