San Diego Padres: How a trade for Mookie Betts could work

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Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Mock trade

We know the two main players that are being discussed in this potential trade — Wil Myers and Mookie Betts.

Check out this thread for some of the trade suggestions our readers gave on Twitter:

Both teams are looking to shed some payroll in this deal. Boston more so for the 2020 season, while the Padres are hoping to free up some money for the next three seasons by getting rid of Myers.

But in order for Boston to be willing to do this type of deal, San Diego would need to heavily incentivize it by throwing in some quality prospects.

Lin reported in his article that the Padres top prospects are off the table. And if that’s the case, that means San Diego will have to send a lot of money to cover Myers’ contract.

Let’s consider that MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino, and CJ Abrams are untouchable in this deal, which they should be for any rental player — even one as good as Betts.

Here is what I would be willing to give up for one year of Betts.

Padres Get
Mookie Betts - OF
Red Sox Get
Wil Myers - OF & $42M
Taylor Trammell - OF
Adrian Morejon - LHP

I asked our friends over at BoSox Injection about this proposal and they said it probably wasn’t enough. And I’m almost certain that I’ll get killed in the comments from Padres fans saying this is too much.

And that’s why this deal is never going to happen.

If you’ve read my work on here, you know I’m not too terribly high on Taylor Trammell, but he is a high upside guy that you could center this deal around.

I know a lot of you love Adrian Morejon, but the fact is we have a ton of pitchers just like him — middle of the rotation types. Because of that depth in the system we can afford to part with Morejon.

Eating $42 million of Myers’ contract is not ideal. But that only makes the Red Sox pay him about $10 million for the next three season.

And in all likelihood, they probably cut Myers anyway. Or let him play 2020 and see if he can regain some value before trading him themselves, which is what I actually think the Padres should do.

The Padres would still owe Myers $14 million a year over the next three seasons, which isn’t ideal, but it might be the best deal they can get if A.J. Preller is dead set on moving that contract this offseason.

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