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Storylines: Padres, Rays on verge of Myers deal?

Storylines: Padres, Rays on verge of Myers deal?
Wil Myers (Photo: AP)
December 17, 2014
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Top Stories:

  • The baseball world was abuzz on Tuesday as word came out that talks between the Padres and Rays were intensifying about a deal that would center around outfielder Wil Myers going to San Diego. Jeff Passon of Yahoo Sports said that the feeling is that some of the players involved in the deal may be flipped to another club. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times also speculates that a third team could be involved. There appears to be strong momentum to a deal happening and the names being mentioned potentially as part of a package going to the Rays in exchange for Wil Myers are (but not inclusive) Matt Wisler, Burch Smith, R.J. Alvarez and Austin Hedges.

Tribe News:

  • The Indians signed right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year $4 million contract on Tuesday. The deal includes incentives for starts and innings pitched which could add up to another $6 million to his base salary. Indians GM Chris Antonetti told media members that Floyd will be in the opening day rotation along with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. The fifth starter spot will be a battle between Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin.
  • To make room on the 40-man roster for Floyd the Indians designated lefty Nick Maronde for assignment.

Other News and Notes:

  • The Marlins announced the signing of first baseman Michael Morse to a two-year $16 million deal. The deal also includes incentives.
  • The Angels and Rays agreed on a deal sending outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.
  • The Yankees resigned lefty Chris Capuano to a one-year $5 million deal.
  • The Padres have signed righty Brandon Morrow to a one-year $2.5 million deal. The deal includes the opportunity to earn an additional $5 million in incentives.
  • The Rockies have signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year $3.6 million deal.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are looking to move right-handed reliever Brandon League and are willing to eat roughly half of the remaining $7.5 million salary left on his deal for 2015.
  • The Dodgers have designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment. He more than likely will clear waivers and the Dodgers will have to eat his $9.5 million salary for 2015. This adds to the list for the $10 million they are eating for Dan Haren and the $32 million they are eating for Matt Kemp. That is $51 million they are paying players to not play for them – more than half the payroll for several teams.
  • The Blue Jays have signed infielder Daric Barton to a minor league deal.
  • The White Sox have signed Brad Penny to a minor league deal.
  • The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for lefty reliever Wesley Wright. He had been non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this offseason.
  • Former Indians left-hander Scott Barnes was designated for assignment for the third time this offseason. The Rangers had to remove him and Ben Rowen in order to make room for Kyuji Fujikawa and Colby Lewis.

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User Comments

December 18, 2014 - 2:20 PM EST
Considering there were no rumors that Myers was available, it sounds like one of those things where the Rays targeted the Padres, and there really was no shot for anyone else to get involved.
December 17, 2014 - 9:00 PM EST
Why not trade Bourn to Padres for Quetin and Maybin?
December 17, 2014 - 8:32 PM EST
After this trade, Carlos Quentin could be available. Dump Murphy and Raburn and trade for Quentin. The return depends on how much money of the 11mil owed to him the Padres are willing to eat.
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 bibip 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
December 17, 2014 - 7:01 PM EST

You have the wrong Smith. It's the pitcher Burch Smith not OF Seth Smith

A lot money thrown by the Royals on players past there prime in Rios and Morales. Too much money also spent on Volquez who might have had a career year with the Pirates. Could used that money to resign Shields.

Did the Pirates have QO on Volquez? Was it just on Martin and Liriano?

December 17, 2014 - 5:39 PM EST
Well.. what happened..apparently.. not much.. as it stands now... and I might be a bit biased.. the Rays are settling on two younger prospects and some veteran fillers for Wil Myers..

The veteran fillers from the Padres are Rivera (catcher..31 years old...completely average backstop.. nothing special), Seth Smith.. a platoon OF'er.. middle of the road everything.. perhaps a better arm that several, but not by much)..

The kids are the Padres #' 5 Trea Turner (a lot to like about this kid), # 8, Joe Ross.. and mediocre SP candidate,and #14 a 2B/3B type with a little pop..not much else.. The Rays give up Wil Myers & their starting catcher, Ryan Hannigan ( a meh back stop)..

There is a couple of prospects from the Rays, not very good that may be tacked onto this deal that will permit Souza and Ott from the Washington Nationals to go to the Rays..

In short.. the Padres give up ONE guy that might matter.. Trea Turner..otherwise.. not a lot in this trade at all..for anyone.. The Souza portion of the deal may end up being the best value, tbh..

A simple deal of Salazar and Frazier/Naquin for Myers and Stanek/Mahtook.. would be better for both clubs.. (if it's frazier, stanek comes back.. if it's Naquin, mahtook comes back).. The Indians may throw in Erik Gonzalez as a very strong sweetener regardless of the Naquin/Frazier Stanek/Mahtook portion of the deal..

December 17, 2014 - 4:42 PM EST
Sorry...first comment was meant in response to Homer's statistical analysis of Myers down year last year. Not anything related to GSon.
December 17, 2014 - 4:41 PM EST
@GSon...that was almost 5 hours ago! what happened!
December 17, 2014 - 4:40 PM EST
@GSon, odd how someone isn't making unsubstantiated accusations that the lack of steroid use is to account for the reduction in power by a player on another team.
December 17, 2014 - 12:56 PM EST

Was on the way back from a sales call.. listening to 850 AM.. Chris Antonetti is being interviewed by Rizzo.. nothing too terribly new there.. back up.. depth.. belief that more is better than less..etc..Then, quick as can be.. Chris Antonetti has to go..right now.. While it didn't exactly say..I have a deal to complete.. it did say.. I have something vastly more important to talk to someone else about..RIGHT NOW.. end of interview.. Rizzo covers with a 'he's a real busy guy this time of year.." and then onto the disaster that the Browns' season has become..

Hmm.. more than a little interesting.. especially with Cash and the Rays..looking to make a deal where the Rays get guys that they think need and will grow.. guys that the Rays & Cash clearly know..
December 17, 2014 - 5:19 AM EST
The Orioles addition of Wesley Wright gives them four LH in their bullpen (Matusz, Britton, McFarland, Wright) increasing the probability that they move one of the other three. Matusz has been circulated in trade rumors.
December 17, 2014 - 5:15 AM EST
There are some interesting quotes out from Myers in the media. Myers basically admitted that after winning the AL ROY in 2013 he thought that he had arrived. That might play into it, Id suggest, the Rays may feel they are selling high on Myers. Myers missed several months with a fractured wrist and didn't show the power last yr he showed in 2013. I read the stat somewhere (BR?), that his hits / outs came up 20 feet shorter last season than in 2013. That's a significant sap of power, it could be attributed to a number of things. I think the talent is still there, there's always risk involved in young players, but if he's motivated he could really burst onto the scene wherever he ends up (Seattle, SD, Atlanta, whatever).
December 17, 2014 - 2:18 AM EST
I'm more curious to know why Tampa would trade Myers at all right now. Unless San Diego is overwhelming Tampa.

Or Tampa is already showing fans life without Friedman at the helm.
December 17, 2014 - 12:11 AM EST
Curious to see what this Myers deal ends up being. Hope the Indians checked in at least.

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