The wild card to the entire offseason is outfielder/third baseman Wil Myers.
Do the San Diego Padres know what type of player Wil Myers is? He’s clearly a talented hitter with more potential than what we have seen, winning the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Award and earning an All-Star selection in 2016 with the Padres. The 2016 and 2017 seasons were the first two years in which Myers played a full season, appearing in 157 and 155 games, respectively.
Across those two seasons, Myers hit 58 doubles, 58 home runs, stole 48 bases, and hit .259 (2016) and .243 (2017). While he has shown the ability to get on base at a respectable clip, it appears as if Myers is nothing more than a .250 hitter at the plate. A .250 hitter without a position on defense.
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He doesn’t like to play the outfield, will never see first base again, and has a lot of work to do if he wants to continue playing third base. If he moves back to the outfield, it opens up a whole new set of issues as far as playing time is concerned for players like Cordero/Renfroe/Reyes. If he stays at third base, can he provide enough offense to make up for what he lacks on defense?
The problem with trading Wil Myers is his contract. San Diego is paying Myers just $4.5 million this year and will pay him $5.5 million next season. From 2020-2022, Myers is owed $22.5 million per season. If the Padres do decide to move him, they will have to eat some of his contract, otherwise, I can’t think of a team who would be willing to take on that type of money for a player like Myers.
This would be a tough move to make but as Padres fans, we should probably brace ourselves for at least one tough move to be made before spring training rolls around. Moving Myers can either help bring in a regular third baseman or will clear the way for a third base free agent signing (expect to hear a connection to Manny Machado nearly every single day).
What do you think, Padres fans? Do you think another player not listed gets traded? Do you think no one gets traded? Do you passionately hope none of the players on this list get traded? Let us know!