Might Wil Myers, again, have to be flexible where he plays?
Myers signed a six-year, $83 million extension before the 2017 season with a $20 million club option for 2023 as well.
His first three seasons, post extension, have been a disappointment with a particular emphasis on 2019 and his 34.3 percent strikeout rate.
However, he’s come out on fire early-on in spring training, posting a .421/.476/1.000 line with two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, and leads the team with 19 total bases through Wednesday’s contest with the Royals.
Myers has been subject to playing all over the field throughout his Major League career. While valid points can be made for him to remain at one position, it’s looking more and more like he will have to move around to accommodate everyone else in 2020.
Myers spent most of the 2017 season at first base before Eric Hosmer relieved him of his duties, and he’s seen time at all three outfield positions and time at third base in 2018.
The arrival of Manny Machado last year put an end to the latter – albeit two spot starts at third in 2019 – but I think there should be a level of expectation that he could play there if needed.
Breaking down positional time for the major candidates, I believe Jayce Tingler will have to come up with something like this (utilizing Fangraphs’ projected playing time for Trammell):
- Trammell: 125G, 516 PA (Outfield)
- Pham: 130G, 537 PA (Left Field)
- Grisham: 145G, 600 PA (Center Field)
- Myers: 100G, 413 PA (Right Field)
- Myers: 20G, 83 PA (Left Field)
- Myers: 10G, 41 PA (First Base)
- Myers: 5G, 20 PA (Third Base)
That scenario would provide Myers with 135 games of playing time while allowing Trammell to essentially be an everyday player, potentially filling in for Pham if he starts the year on the IL. Then, he would split his time between center and right field.
Obviously, all of this would change significantly if the Padres were able to trade Myers, but it sounds like he is part of their plan for 2020. Anyways, Trammell has gotten off to a good start in spring training, and he’s making quite a case to be a regular on the Opening Day roster.