The San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays are in discussions of a possible deal that would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Last week it was reported that the Rays were fielding calls on Myers from about a half a dozen teams.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2014
Currently, it is not know who else would be involved in a trade, but Ken Rosenthal notes that it would involve some of the Padres better prospects. The Rays are in need of catching, as Corey Brock of MLB.com notes, but the Padres recently traded away Yasmani Grandal to the Dodgers.
It wouldn’t hurt if the Rays took a look at some young controllable arms either. The Rays have inquired on pitching prospects such as R.J. Alvarez, Matt Wisler, and Burch Smith, according to a tweet by Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com.
Catcher Austin Hedges has also been discussed in a potential deal between the Padres and the Rays, according to a tweet by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. A major league piece coming from the Padres hasn’t been ruled out either, as outfielders Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith, and Will Venable come to mind as potential pieces.
As for the Padres, they have also been connected to outfielder Justin Upton. Ken Rosenthal notes that this would likely take them out of the sweepstakes for Upton’s services. If the trade were to go through, the Padres would be getting a player with tons of upside. If healthy, Myers and Kemp would make a decent middle of the order punch, something the Padres have been lacking in recent years. The Padres have been looking for controllable pieces, and this fits the trend. Wil Myers would be under team control through the 2019 season.