Pending Physical, Padres Complete 3-Team Blockbuster For Wil Myers
By Devin Sparks
The San Diego Padres have just completed their second blockbuster trade in the last seven days, this time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Padres will be sending Rene Rivera, Trea Turner, Joe Ross, Burch Smith, Jake Bauers to Tampa Bay in exchange for Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes, and Jose Castillo. Tampa Bay will then flip Ross and Turner to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Steven Souza and Travis Ott.
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While Myers is certainly a big acquisition, there are concerns over his productivity at the plate – especially for giving up such a tremendous haul. Myers was touted as the “next big thing” after winning the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year by crushing 13 home runs while maintaining a .293 batting average over 88 games. However, Myers appeared reverse course with a severe sophomore slump in 2014, finishing last season with just six home runs and a .222 batting average. In all fairness to the new Friar, his second year was cut in half after fracturing his wrist during an outfield collision in May.
The Padres have been linked with Juston Upton, Jay Bruce, Josh Hamilton, Yoenis Cespedes and just about every outfield slugger not named Mike Trout this offseason. After acquiring Matt Kemp last week, rumors were flying that A.J. Preller wasn’t done building his contender for 2015 and beyond. The deal comes as a shock to many who have been following the Padres trade talks religiously over the past few weeks, as Myers name only became linked 24 hours ago. Up until yesterday, speculation pointed to the Padres zeroing in on a trade with the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Justin Upton. While Myers doesn’t quite have the power of Upton’s bat just yet, he’s talented, cost effective, and under team control until 2020.
This is the second consecutive trade in which Preller managed to add significant pieces to the club without relinquishing highly coveted prospects, Austin Hedges and Matt Wisler. It’s interesting to note that even after dealing Turner, Preller likely has enough left in the tank to target one more big bat.
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