Last week, the Boston Red Sox were reportedly interested in acquiring Wil Myers from the San Diego Padres. Might there be other trades that make sense?
Spring Training offers a unique time of the year. For us baseball fans, it’s a fresh start for our respective team’s quest at winning a World Series. And for others, it’s an opportunity to watch some of the prospects develop. The San Diego Padres are likely closer to winning a World Series than another rebuild and appear to be mostly set at several positions but could stand an upgrade here and there.
Wil Myers was reportedly drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox last week in what would effectively be a salary dump. Boston was said to be willing to take on half of Myers’ remaining salary, and the Padres would sweeten the deal with a couple of prospects to minimize the transition for the Red Sox.
When the report first surfaced, it didn’t make much sense as a straight-up deal, but then there were rumors that another team could get involved, like the Cincinnati Reds offering up Nick Senzel. That said, I don’t believe that the Reds would give up on Senzel already, given they are just now entering their competitive window. Still, a trade with the Red Sox can be achieved.
The 2018 World Series Champions parted with Mookie Betts and David Price earlier this month to clear up approximately $43 million and may not be done yet. As noted, the upcoming season figures to be a down year for Boston, so they could potentially send off a couple of other players that they either don’t plan on signing long-term or trade out of necessity.
Let’s look at three trades that make sense for both parties.