The Padres acquire help at catcher while dumping salary
Myers is under contract through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023 as well. I have the Red Sox acquiring him and taking on half of his remaining salary (approximately $33 million). He’s a strong candidate for a change of scenery, as his last two seasons have been as unproductive as they come. In 2019, Myers hit 18 home runs and knocked in 58 runs while striking out at a career-high 34.3 percent.
To offset the money, I have the Red Sox also acquiring Luis Campusano and Cal Quantrill in the deal. The former is ranked as the 86th best prospect and seventh-best catching prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old had a breakout season in 2019, slashing .325/.396/.509 with 15 home runs and 81 RBI in 110 games for the Padres’ High-A outfit.
Quantrill figures to be on the outside of the Padres rotation unless an injury pops up. He was on track to have a respectable first year in the big leagues until he posted a 10.80 ERA in four starts in September. Could he have been fatigued? Certainly, and should have been shut down, if we’re being honest.
I have the Padres acquiring immediate help at the catcher position, as Austin Hedges is out of time, and Francisco Mejia or Luis Torrens can battle it out for the backup gig. Christian Vazquez, 29, slashed .276/.320/.477 with 23 home runs and 72 RBI last year. He’s also excellent behind the plate, logging a .999 fielding percentage with a 12.4 pitch frame ranking last year.
The Padres would benefit from having him under contract through the 2022 season with a $7 million club option for 2023 as well.