A few reports indicate that the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox are still discussing a possible trade for Wil Myers.
The San Diego Padres and their general manager possess several relevant trade chips.
With a youthful 40-man roster full of depth in multiple areas and one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, the Padres are poised to be competitive very soon. Manny Machado, Tommy Pham, and Eric Hosmer provide veteran leadership to the team and Fernando Tatis Jr. Chris Paddack and MacKenzie Gore give the Padres relevant young superstars now.
Wil Myers is an enigma for the team. The potential is there to be extremely productive, but his numbers suggest he hasn’t figured it out. A.J. Preller extended the right-handed hitter too early and is reportedly attempting to trade the outfielder while “eating” a portion of the remaining $68.5 million owed (according to baseball-reference). Not an easy task.
The Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres flirted with each other earlier in the winter as San Diego became obsessed with the potential of adding Mookie Betts to the roster. The two sides went back and forth, but nothing came to fruition.
In the Betts’ trade rumors, the Padres were to deal Wil Myers to Boston and a package of players. The Sox most likely envision Myers as a buy-low candidate and a player capable of producing for a franchise that just dealt their perennial MVP candidate. On Tuesday, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that the two sides are still in discussion for Myers. The Sox are interested in Myers as he could easily rebound on the east coast.
In Acee’s article, he mentions Cal Quantrill, Gabriel Arias, and Luis Campusano as players of interest to Boston. The Sox have a depleted farm system and are in the midst of a rebuild. It is no secret that the team desires multiple young players to expedite the growing process in this re-structuring period. The Padres can surely provide several players to the Red Sox who could one day be starters. The two sides make complete sense for a trade.
The Wil Myers part of this equation is fascinating, as reports indicate the Red Sox want Preller to pay for half the salary owed to Myers. Committing over $10 million per season for three years to a player who is not on your roster is not exactly a palatable notion, but the Padres are at this point with Myers. Adding two or three young players in a Myers package to the Red Sox, one has to wonder who the Padres would gain in return to complete this potential trade?
Boston currently has three left-handed-hitting outfielders in Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Verdugo, and Andrew Benintendi. That could be a target for San Diego as both Verdugo and Benintendi make sense for the Padres. A.J. Preller is quoted as saying that the team needs another hitter in the middle of the lineup. There seems to be some momentum to these talks, and things could move along reasonably quickly if the money aspect makes sense for both sides. Keep an eye on this as spring games are set to begin this Saturday for the Padres. A.J. Preller is still very much on the prowl in his quest to take this team to the next level of competitiveness.