In our MLB FanSided Faux Winter Meetings, the San Diego Padres were able to trade Wil Myers and most of his contract to the Detroit Tigers along with some prospects.
Again, even though we have an expert dedicated to all 30 teams, it’s hard to negotiate with everybody as we all have real-world jobs as well.
I did reach out to the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals about possibly taking on Myers’ contract but both turned me down pretty quick.
It was the Detroit Tigers who were willing to take on Myers — but it did cost us.
Here is the full trade:
It wouldn’t show up in the graphic above, but the Padres would also be sending $15 million to the Tigers in this deal.
I realize for some this may seem too steep of a price, but getting someone to take on all of Myers’ contract is near impossible. Taking on just 15 of the $68.5 million (that includes a $1 million buyout for 2023) was great in my opinion.
Alcantara is projected to be a bench/utility player, while Funkhouser has the upside to be a middle of the rotation starter.
We went back-and-forth on the money and prospects coming from the Padres.
At first he wanted Xavier Edwards, but I said that was too much. So he came back with Luis Campensano and I balked at that as well.
All-in-all, I really love this deal and think A.J. Preller can get something similar done for real.
Along with the trade for Nomar Mazara, the Padres current payroll for 2020 sits at around $107.5 million. Assuming we’re working with a $140 million budget, that leaves plenty of room for us to go get some free agents now.
Stay tuned as we continue our Faux Winter Meetings this week, and let me know in the comments below what you think about this deal.