Current San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers possibly drawing interest from a division rival.
Day two of the Winter Meetings is winding down, leaving the San Diego Padres in the same position they were in to start the day and still reportedly in the running for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray. Could there also be discussions with the divisional-rival Colorado Rockies?
Jim Bowden of The Athletic threw out the name Wil Myers this afternoon as a possible target of the Colorado Rockies who are looking to trade for an upgrade at first base.
Myers is the obvious long shot here, considering his yearly salary jumps from $5.5 million in 2019 to $22.5 million per year for the following three years and it would mean trading a 28-year-old hitter who has posted at least 28 home runs, 29 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in each of his two full seasons in the bigs (2016 and 2017) to an inter-division rival.
From the Rockies perspective, making a move for Myers could be a very smart move. Colorado is expected to be competitive in the NL West in 2019 as the Padres continue their climb up and the Diamondbacks and Giants look to rebuild. Myers also loves to play at Coors Field.
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In 30 career games at Coors Field, Myers has a .348 batting average, .411 OBP, and 1.080 OPS with eight home runs and eight doubles. Outside of Arizona’s Chase Field and small sample sizes in Milwaukee and Seattle, Myers’ production at other ballparks doesn’t come close, including Petco Park.
Myers would also be reunited with former Padres manager Bud Black. Myers was traded to San Diego from Tampa Bay in Black’s final year as the Padres skipper.
This seems like nothing more than Jim Bowden throwing out potential names that would fit in Colorado, however, count nothing out during the Winter Meetings. The only moving of Wil Myers that appears likely is his move back to the outfield, as a member of the San Diego Padres.
With two days remaining in Las Vegas, will the Padres make any bold moves? Stay tuned to find out.