Padres eyeing Myers in trade with Rays?
It’s no secret that the Padres are in the market for another bat, and according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, they could be looking into a potentially “significant trade” with Tampa Bay for 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers.
It’s hard to gauge how serious these talks are, but Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says there is optimism a deal gets done and that the two sides are very close. Myers certainly fits the profile of what the Padres are looking for — an outfielder with some pop who will remain under team control for the foreseeable future. Myers will be arbitration-eligible in 2017, and he won’t become a free agent until after the ’19 season.
After winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013, Myers struggled mightily this past season. He hit just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs in 87 games, and he missed nearly three months with a wrist injury. Myers returned to the Rays in late August and hit .213 with only five extra-base hits in 34 contests.
It’s unclear whether those poor splits were simply residual effects of the injury. But as ugly as his numbers were in 2014, Myers is only one year removed from his .293/.354/.478 season in ’13 that had many projecting him as one of the best young outfielders in the game.
Myers, once the centerpiece of the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City, would be the Padres’ second major outfield acquisition this offseason. They landed Matt Kemp in a deal with the Dodgers at last week’s Winter Meetings, and they’ve been linked in trade talks with Atlanta for outfielder Justin Upton — though a trade for Myers would most likely put a halt to those.
There have been no reports as to who the Padres have offered the Rays for Myers, but it’s a safe bet that a 24-year-old outfielder with lots of team control won’t come cheap. Padres top prospect Austin Hedges and No. 2 prospect Matt Wisler could be less than a year away from making contributions at the big league level and figure to be at the forefront of any team looking to make a trade with new Padres general manager A.J. Preller.