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Storylines: Massive three-team deal sends Myers to Padres

Storylines: Massive three-team deal sends Myers to Padres
Wil Myers (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images)
December 18, 2014
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Top Stories:

  • The Padres, Rays and Nationals completed a massive 11-player trade on Wednesday. The Padres get Wil Myers, pitcher Gerardo Reyes, pitcher Jose Castillo and catcher Ryan Hanigan.  The Rays get catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith, first baseman Jake Bauers, outfielder Steven Souza and left-hander Travis Ott. The Nationals get right-hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner. The deal is pending physicals and ultimately Myers getting the clearance that his wrist injury is not a problem going forward. It is also worth noting that Turner is a player to be named later and can’t be officially traded until June because of a league rule where a player cannot be traded less than a year from their signing date out of the draft.
  • According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals have signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a two-year $20 million contract. His arrival in Kansas City all but officially closes the door on a potential return of right-hander James Shields to the Royals.

Tribe News:

  • Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. He hurt his finger while lifting weights as part of his offseason workout. The Indians say they expect him to be fine for the start of spring training, though his true timetable won't be known until he starts swinging a bat. 

Other News and Notes:

  • According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Giants and right-hander Sergio Romo have agreed to terms on a two-year $15 million deal to keep him in San Francisco.
  • The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in exchange for right-hander Matt Brazis.
  • The Red Sox have acquired right-hander Anthony Varvaro from the Braves in exchange for right-hander Aaron Kurcz.
  • Rosenthal also noted the Marlins, Braves and Giants are interested in right-hander Jake Peavy.
  • The Marlins officially announced the signing of first baseman Michael Morse to a two-year $16 million deal.
  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos confirmed reports that the club is interested in Japanese infielder Takashi Toritani.
  • Right-hander David Hernandez and the Diamondbacks agreed on a one-year $2 million deal to avoid arbitration.
  • The Orioles have signed Matt Tuiasosopo and Jesse Beal to minor league deals and formally announced the signing of Chaz Roe.
  • The Giants have signed Curtis Partch to a minor league deal.
  • The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Ryan Kalish to a minor league deal.

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User Comments

December 18, 2014 - 8:02 PM EST
Trae a definite plus to any organization. Saw him pay in Ft. Wayne!
December 18, 2014 - 7:13 PM EST
Craig's deal is 3 remaining. It interests me bc of the RHH power, and gives the Tribe financial flexibility.

Maybe change it to Swisher for Craig even up. Risk for both clubs, again they could offset it with the add of prospect going both ways.
December 18, 2014 - 7:10 PM EST

I suggested similar a few weeks back. I expand the deal both ways...

Indians get...
Craig - RF, LF, DH, 1b
1 of: Middlebrooks / Ceccini- 3b / Barnes - RHSP (for Hags)

Red Sox get...
Bourn -CF
1 of: CCLee / Hagadone (Hags for Barnes - only)
December 18, 2014 - 6:52 PM EST
Unless I'm mistaken I think Craig has an extra year of control on his deal over Bourn.

So unless you think Craig can rebound (seems to be a theme with a lot of our players already) you're probably better off with Bourn.

Not sure Boston does that deal anyway.
December 18, 2014 - 4:17 PM EST
Crazy trade idea time with the Allen Craig rumors out there.

Craig for Bourn? Money is almost the same, Bourn is owed 27.5m, Craig 26.5m. Who hangs up first? Who has to add a prospect?
C L Who
December 18, 2014 - 2:34 PM EST
Looks like the Padres are doing their best to become a power team.....wonder what they would give for Jesus Aguilar, who seems to be blocked in Cleveland for the foreseeable future.
December 18, 2014 - 2:09 PM EST
I mentioned in a different thread, if I could guarantee you that JRam would give you at minimum a 2012 KIpnis OPS, would you guys go and trade Kipnis right now to the highest bidder right now? You would be selling low, but there seems to be a decent chance that it will get even lower. Is it worth the risk if there is a guarantee of adequate production alternatives?
December 18, 2014 - 1:12 PM EST
I like the Quentin idea. What about Murphy + Prospect for Quentin + Cash? Maybe just straight up trade...
December 18, 2014 - 9:23 AM EST
I would offer Bourn for Quentin and Maybin. You trade one bad contract for another between Quentin and Bourn. Maybin becomes your new CF and you pick up 2 RH bats.
December 18, 2014 - 9:19 AM EST
Clay, re-posting this as response

I know that Quentin is always injured, but in a rotation with Swisher and Moss at DH/OF, everybody gets rest every other game by not playing in the field. All 3 would benefit. Don't let last year's stats fool you. He started off hot then got injured and incredibly unlucky with a babip under .200. Look at his splits away from Petco and vs LHP. He's a perfect fit for they Indians, RH power. He's a gamble, sure, but no other realistic option has this much upside. He also has a 10m mutual option for 2016 so he's controllable for two years if he performs.

If the Padres eat 3-4m of his contract, 4-5m remain as a gamble for the Indians. That's reasonable for a player that could be hitting cleanup vs LHP if you rest him enough to stay healthy.
December 18, 2014 - 9:12 AM EST
I think baseball needs to suspend the rule PTBNL during the off season or get rid off it totally. On everyone's twitter was stating that the Nationals will be receiving Trea Turner in this trade. Since this part of the trade is not official until June, that means Turner still would have to report to Padre Spring Training camp fully knowing from Twitter that he is not a Padre.

I think that is wrong and your playing head games in the development of Turner IMO.

December 18, 2014 - 8:40 AM EST
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. We as Indians fans/followers will overvalue our own players. It is the nature of the beast. Just look at some of the comments about Josh Tomlin over the past six months even in light of his poor showing. With that in mind, it really is hard to say if the Indians could have topped such a deal....I just hope they at least kicked the tires.
December 18, 2014 - 8:26 AM EST
Myers, once a top ten can't miss, RHH power OF'er with the sky as his limit for a collection of what can only be referred as "hodge podge" [C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith 1B Jake Bauers OF Steven Souza and LHP Travis Ott]

Wouldn't any team be able to top this deal?.. Unless something is terribly wrong with Wil Myers' wrist.. this deal makes little sense.. Even if something is wrong with his can be fixed and readied for action within a year.. I just don't get it.. Salazar and Naquin for Myers is a better deal for the Rays..

December 18, 2014 - 8:16 AM EST
If we can get rid of Murph in a separate deal, I think Venable would be a decent buy low candidate to get from the padres
December 18, 2014 - 8:11 AM EST
I saw Rymer Liriano play in Fort Wayne for a year in A ball, and the kid is a stud. I’d definitely do a deal with SD for Gonzalez plus an additional piece if necessary.
December 18, 2014 - 8:02 AM EST
Not saying this is the case but.....what if the finger injury Kipnis suffered was the result of something else. The weight training thing seems like too convenient of an excuse. In any case if doesn't matter how he got hurt we just hope that he can heal 100%. But you do wonder if he hurt it doing something he wasn't supposed to or by screwing around.
December 18, 2014 - 7:57 AM EST
Homer, good call on Liriano. Be an interesting piece but it all depends how motivated SD is to move him.
December 18, 2014 - 7:56 AM EST
@Tondo regarding Quentin....

No. Guy needs to DH & this current roster is too flush with Corner OF/DH types. San Diego would have to basically eat his contract IMO for me to even consider it. Even as a DH I question is ability to remain healthy enough to be productive for the majority of the season.

Plus you still have the question of what's going to happen with Murphy & Raburn. I'd bank on Raburn rebounding a bit more than I would Quentin. Both were pretty useless last season though.
December 18, 2014 - 7:55 AM EST
Is it me or did the Nationals come out with the best deal? Joe Ross, and Trea Turner.

Re: Carlos Quentin not unless the Padres eat some of the $8M he's owed, he hasn't played 90 games since 2011, and only played 50 games last yr with a BA below .200.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Indians take a shot a Rymer Liriano, 23, the RHH RF prospect. The Padres need a SS...they have Clint Barmes, but that's about it. Maybe Gonzo for Liriano would get a deal done or a BP arm.
December 18, 2014 - 6:52 AM EST
Anyone else interested in trading for Carlos Quentin?
Joe Chengery
December 18, 2014 - 4:49 AM EST
The constant injuries with Kipnis don't inspire a lot of confidence in his ability to perform at a high level. If this injury hangs around all year as a "nagging injury" type, it could lead to another underperforming year for Kipnis, exactly what the Indians DON'T need, and an opportunity for Ramirez to assert himself as more of a starting option or for the Indians to look somewhere beyond Kipnis as the starter at 2B long-term, even if that's not Ramirez. Let's just hope that this finger injury is fully healed come February-March.
December 18, 2014 - 4:32 AM EST
We drafted Burch Smith twice.

Somebody should fire Kipnis' personal trainer. I've been lifting since 1969 & never hurt my finger. Knee, back, shoulder, bceps, neck, glute, et al, but never my finger. Somebody needs to watch that guy.
December 18, 2014 - 1:18 AM EST
Didn't the Indians draft but fail to sign Burch Smith a few years back?

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