The Padres are reportedly entertaining offers for 1B Wil Myers who is having the best year of his career with the Padres in 2016 as an offensive catalyst.
According to reports by Jon Heyman, not even Myers is off-limits as the Padres plan their next organizational move after going big in 2015 and standing pat in 2016 haven’t worked out so well. Can we stop the insanity?
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All good organizations that have made it big recently had to choose at one point who they were building around. The Royals stayed with Alex Gordon until he found himself in left field as a Gold Glove leader and he helped them win a World Series last year.
The bad Braves have invested heavily in Freddie Freeman and as his teammates around him disappear, he just hit for the first cycle in 2016 and doesn’t appear headed anywhere. The Giants have Buster Posey, the A’s…bad example there.
All that to say the Padres have PLENTY of other enticing options they can trade teams for good returns to build around Myers – not in spite of him. Who is their franchise anchor?
At what point are you trading away the very target you are trying to get? Myers is just 25, he is under team control through 2017, he is staying healthy and leading the team all around the diamond.
The only negatives I can see with him would be his service time and his injury history – after all he still hasn’t played in more than 88 games and that was back in 2013. Quietly his last home run set a new career high and he will also set highs in RBI, hits, walks and other categories this season.
The argument for trading him would be of course let’s take advantage of this high note before he might get hurt. Yet is that really the smartest move? Who else could they be targeting?
Strength is not in numbers – not when Wil Myers is exactly the type of player the Padres would want in place of Wil Myers. Trade Matt Kemp if you can. By all means trade out Derek Norris, Yangervis Solarte, Travis Jankowski, or even a guy like Drew Pomeranz is having an All Star caliber season but is free agent eligible in 2019, not 2020 like Myers.
The Padres have to make some moves this season at the trade deadline unlike last season where they still thought they had a chance yet still didn’t make any extra moves to actually go for it. If they can trade a veteran for solid AA/AAA prospects I’m all for it – just please make it not be Wil Myers.