Say hey, baseball: Wil Myers is probably getting traded
Wednesday morning’s baseball includes the latest on Wil Myers trade rumors, more on Jordan Zimmermann, and Alex Rios.
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The Rays traded their ace, David Price, over the summer. They lost general manager Andrew Friedman, the man who helped turn the franchise around last decade, to the Dodgers. Joe Maddon, the only successful manager they’ve ever had, bailed so he could be one of the faces of the new Cubs. Given all that, there’s a chance the 2015 season could be a little rough, but also a chance the Rays thrive against the odds, as they tend to do. We see them hedging on that a bit, flipping players where they can to bring in value that, if not helpful in 2015, should work out for them soon after. The first move was to send outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels for reliever Kevin Jepsen, but that was just a prelude to the big swap of December: former Rookie of the Year Wil Myers is probably going to be on the Padres soon, and thanks to a deal that has a chance at being huge.
There is significant optimism for a deal to get done, according to Jeff Passan, and he also believes there is a chance this is akin to a three-team trade, where some of the major pieces get flipped elsewhere almost immediately, a la Andrew Heaney and Howie Kendrick during the meetings. Jim Bowden has heard prospect Austin Hedges’ name in talks, while every other report seems to focus on the young pitching that the Padres have in their system: either scenario would make sense for the Rays, who focus heavily on catcher defense but also continually bring in other clubs’ starting pitching prospects rather than sign established, expensive pieces that they can’t afford.
Why would the Rays trade Myers? He’ll only be 24 years old in 2015, and hasn’t been around long enough to get expensive through arbitration. He struggled in 2014, yes, but he also showed tremendous promise as a middle-of-the-order threat in his rookie campaign, in which he batted .293/.354/.478 despite a pitcher-friendly home park. Let’s not forget he hurt his wrist midseason, too, which takes some time to recover from statistically. Buster Olney says the Rays think he is too inconsistent, which is likely code for problems with his work ethic. Myers has publicly admitted the misplaced bravado his rookie success gave him was an issue in the spring, though, once he was humbled by his sophomore effort. For someone like the Padres, who have trouble signing major offensive pieces, it’s easily worth the risk to see if Myers’ contrition is a real thing.
- If the Padres are aiming for Myers, that likely leaves the window open for the Giants to trade for Justin Upton. Until someone else gets Upton and the Giants finish in second for a player again, anyway.
- Brian Wilson was designated for assignment by the new Dodgers’ front office, who would rather set $9.5 million on fire than use a roster spot on that particular reliever.
- Will this new method of analyzing pitcher workloads help reduce injury and the need for Tommy John surgery? The future is pretty neat sometimes.
- Matt Kemp’s physical will be discussed by the Padres on Wednesday, which will either complete or negate their trade with the Dodgers. There is a whole mess of interconnected fallout to contend with if it’s the latter.
- The Royals got beat up for signing Alex Rios, but there is reason for optimism in that transaction, even from the fans who still aren’t quite used to the words “Royals” and “optimism” belonging so close together.
- Not every team making win-now moves this offseason has been a usual suspect, and they aren’t all doing an equally good job of things, either.
- How many starters do the Cardinals need for 2015, anyway? They have questions, both young and old, to account for.
- Jed Lowrie is back with the Astros, which merits a look back at the trade that sent him from there in the first place.
- The Mariners aren’t getting Melky Cabrera, and might not be in on Justin Upton, so how does Norichika Aoki sound? At minimum, M’s fans would get to see all kinds of fun faces on hit by pitches and catches.
- The Red Sox and Nationals have talked Jordan Zimmermann trade, but what would that cost Boston? Spoiler: the answer is likely unsatisfactory for both teams.
- Should the Braves trade Craig Kimbrel since they’ve already sent Jason Heyward off and are possibly dealing the good Upton?