Yesterday, the San Diego Padres were reportedly involved in trade discussions with the Boston Red Sox, and now we have more clarity on the return.
Boston – who recently parted with both Mookie Betts and David Price – may be looking to replace some of the offensive production and were reportedly willing to take on half of Myers’ remaining salary.
Late last night, Dennis Lin of The Athletic ($) published a story indicating that the Padres were, indeed, looking for more offensive help and that Nick Senzel could likely be the target in a three-team trade:
Lin mentioned that while Mookie Betts is now with the Dodgers, AJ Preller is still interested in trading Myers, cash, and potentially several prospects to Boston. It would basically be a salary dump but could net a center fielder or other position player to plugin immediately. He named several prospects, including Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias, as likely pieces.
As noted, the trade could have better success if another team were to get involved, and he presents the scenario of the Padres landing Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder/second baseman, Nick Senzel. And while it remains unknown what the Reds would get out of the deal, Senzel would fill an immediate need in center field.
It didn’t make a whole lot of sense for a trade straight-up between the Padres and Red Sox, which is why I suspected that a third team might be involved in this, and that seems to have merit now. I assume the Red Sox would send over a player as well, potentially in Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Christian Vazquez, but perhaps not.
Stay tuned as this appears to have some legs to it and could potentially get done before the weekend.