Ahead of the MLB Draft, we are taking a look at the greatest first overall picks in MLB history.
Just 24 hours after making a trade to acquire Rays ace Blake Snell, the San Diego Padres made another massive move toward their increasingly evident goal of a World Series, trading for Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs, alongside his personal catcher Victor Caratini. In return, Chicago got RHP Zach Davies and four young prospects.
This trade surprised many in the MLB world, as Snell still has three years left on his contract, and without a notably high price on those years too. He was due $10.5 million in 2021 and the following two years would cost $12.5m and $16m respectively, before he would become a free agent going into his age-31 season of 2024.
With the current trend of fast tracking top prospects through the minor leagues we could see a handful of prospects from this draft in the majors sooner rather than later. As we saw with Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger last year prospects can have an immediate impact. The decisions that teams make on 4th June …