The San Diego Padres have been baseball’s busiest team over the past week, completely redoing their outfield, and making them into an instant contender in the N.L. West. They acquired Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, and Derek Norris.
Padres General Manager A.J. Preller is like a kid in the candy store. He is getting everything he wants, and he doesn’t seem done yet.
Here is the problem for Preller and company: the Padres have seven major league outfielders on their roster, and they can’t keep them all.
According to a report by Ryan Lawrence of philly.com, the Padres are discussing a trade that would send Myers to Philadelphia for ace lefty Cole Hamels. Now, I know what your thinking. Why would the Padres trade someone they just acquired?
This potential deal actually makes sense for both sides. Padres manager Bud Black has already indicated that Kemp and Upton are going to play the corner outfield spots, and Myers is a “possibility in CF.” All three outfielders aren’t really viable options to play center.
So, the question becomes whether the Padres use him as trade bait to acquire an ace? Acquiring Hamels and adding him to a rotation that already includes Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, and Ian Kennedy would give the Friars one of the best rotations in all of baseball.
This might be the best chance for the Padres to acquire a true no.1 starter that can provide veteran leadership. He is owed $96 million through 2018, and the Padres are not on his no-trade list.
This trade also makes sense for the Phillies. G.M. Ruben Amaro Jr has finally admitted that his team is in a rebuilding phase.
This team is trying to accomplish two things: cut payroll, and get younger. Trading Hamels would accomplish both of those, and a package of prospects headlined by Myers would be hard to pass up.
Myers would be a perfect replacement for Marlon Byrd in right-field. He could slot into the Phillies right field behind Ben Revere, and Domonic Brown, who ranked in the top 48 in OPS last season. Revere had a .686 OPS, and Brown finished at .634.
After an outstanding rookie season in 2013, Myers struggled in 2014 thanks to injury issues. Myers hasn’t yet shown his true potential, and he could be a nice piece for the Phillies to build around.
This would make sense for both teams who are going in opposite directions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hamels is in a Padres uniform come spring training.