Per a report, the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox are still discussing a trade that would send Wil Myers (and more) to Boston.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox are deep in trade discussions that would send Wil Myers to Boston.
Per MLB Trade Rumors:
"“Details are about as firm as you could ever hope to see them in a rumor of a potential swap. As before, the Friars want the Sox to take over about half of Myers’s salary (total guarantee of $61MM) over the next three years. Young talent would go to Boston to sweeten the pot. Players that have been discussed include Cal Quantrill, Luis Campusano, and Gabriel Arias, though it’s not clear which would be included and the Sox wouldn’t be able to obtain all of them just to take on half of what’s owed Myers.”"
This is interesting in that it would seem to make sense for the Padres, shedding half of Myers’ salary but Boston – who just cleared $43 million in payroll – is looking to add Myers and potentially more? We recently discussed the notion of both Myers and Cal Quantrill being shipped off before the start of the season, and it looks like that may no longer be conjecture.
What remains unclear, though, is what the Padres would be getting in return. Ideally, they would ask for another bat, but with Mookie Betts already being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s difficult to surmise who that player – or players – might be.
Perhaps that player is Jackie Bradley Jr., who has underperformed that last couple of seasons in Boston, and with the Padres lacking a true centerfielder, the deal would make sense. But not for a large haul of players that the reports suggest. Christian Vazquez may also make some sense as the Padres’ catching situation is not ideal heading into the year.
Perhaps it’s part of a much larger three-team trade.
I really cannot speculate at this point, and it might just be a wait and see scenario. AJ Preller is known for making late offseason trades. Perhaps he has something else up his sleeve to help the Padres remain competitive in the National League West division.