Fox Sports’ and MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal recently tweeted that the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres are discussing “a significant trade” that would center around former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers heading to San Diego for several top prospects out of the Padres’ farm system.
The Padres had previously been discussed as the most likely landing spot for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, but according to MLBTR.com, an deal with Myers heading to San Diego would most likely end the Friars pursuit of the free agent-to be. Last season, Myers suffered through the sophomore slump with a broken wrist, and didn’t come close to matching his 2013 numbers. His triple slash line of .222/.294/.320 would most likely improve closer to his ROY numbers of .293/.354/.478 in just under 400 plate appearances as a rookie. Myers was the primary piece that was traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Rays in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis. Rosenthal shortly after his initial tweet, added that he doesn’t know if the deal is close and also believes any deal for Upton would be over if Myers were to head to the Padres. Unlike Upton, Myers is under team control for the next five seasons at a very affordable salary. If the Padres are going to give up significant minor league talent, it needs to be for a player that won’t walk away a year from now.
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