The Kansas City Royals are a team that is definitely in the middle of a rebuild and looking to acquire top-level prospects to boost their farm system.
And they currently have a very small payroll that could take on a contract like Myers and then either dump him or look to flip him if he ever regains his value.
The Royals are not likely to compete over the final three years of Myers’ contract, so by the time they are ready to spend again, he’ll be off their books.
And I’m actually going to steal a trade idea that I saw on Royals Review.
Even more, they include taking on all of Myers’ contract.
If the Royals are willing to do that move I’d think A.J. Preller would sign on in an instant.
You get rid of a giant black hole in Myers and all of his contract and don’t give away any of your top 10 prospects (now that Urias has graduated).
AND, you get a great player in return in Whit Merrifield. The soon-to-be 31-year-old utilityman is under team control for at least three more seasons at a very affordable price.
I think that’d be a steal for the Padres. Even without Merrifield coming back in this deal I’d be tempted to pull the trigger if I’m Preller.
Whether or not that’s the deal that gets it done, I do think the Royals are an ideal trade partner for the Padres and Myers.