Wil Myers to the Red Sox? Why Trading For Him Now Makes Sense


The Red Sox are potentially in the market to acquire the Padres outfielder Wil Myers.  The Red Sox were linked to Myers prior to the trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.  It was rumored that Myers could have been part of a package for the Padres to acquire Betts. 

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Betts is now in Los Angeles, and the Padres want to move on from Myers.  According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres and Red Sox have resumed trade talks.  Will Chaim Bloom and Padres general manager A.J. Preller work out a deal that will bail out the Padres from the financial obligation they owe to Myers? 

The Padres owe Myers $61 million over the next three years.  The Red Sox are being asked to take on half of the remaining money owed.  According to Acee, the deal would send Myers (and half his remaining salary), righty Cal Quantrill, catching prospect Luis Campusano, and shortstop prospect Gabriel Arias. 

Quantrill is the centerpiece of the deal for the Red Sox.  Last season for the Padres, Quantrill made 23 appearances which also included 18 starts.  He finished the season 6-8 with a 5.16 ERA and 89 strikeouts.  Scouts in the game think Quantrill could be a back-end of the rotation starter.  The Red Sox are in need of young starters, especially now that David Price has been traded to the Dodgers.  The overall rotation has questions due to starters health and the unseeingly lack of starters. 

Quantrill isn’t considered a prospect anymore, but the fact they could get Campusano in the deal, for me is a huge win. 

Shop for Boston Red Sox fan gear from Nike, Majestic and New Era at Shop.MLB.comLast season, Campusano was impressive in High-A, where he hit .325/.396/.509.  Campusano has a strong arm and the Padres organization plans to keep him behind the dish.  In 110 games with Lake Elsinore, he had 137 hits, 15 home runs, 81 RBI and only 57 strikeouts.  What is also impressive is he walked almost as many times (52) as he struck out last season. 

Red Sox fans might say, why does the club need another catcher?  This offseason the club added Kevin Plawecki, Jonathan Lucroy and Connor Wong.  Campusano is relatively new to behind the dish but projects as more of a catcher long term than Wong.  Wong can be compared to former prospect Blake Swihart. 

While it is unlikely the Red Sox would get all three prospects in the deal, I love the idea of Chaim Bloom essentially buying talented prospects to replenish the farm system. 

The Red Sox have some flexibility now that Betts and Price are in LA.  Bloom could be creative and acquire Myers and half of his contract in order to get some additional prospects that he could use in future deals. 

The other plus to the Myers deal is the actual money that would count towards the luxury tax.  If the Red Sox acquired Myers, he would only account for $4 M AAV towards the tax. 

While it is currently unknown who the Red Sox would part with in order to acquire Myers, the Padres number one focus is the flexibility they would gain by trading Myers.  The Padres have shown interest in Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. 

The Padres are motivated in making a deal and Bloom should strike while the iron is hot and add significant talent to the minors. 

The Red Sox could look to send outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. back to the Padres now that they’ve acquired Kevin Pillar and Alex Verdugo.  Myers would allow JBJ to become expendable because Pillar, Verdugo and Andrew Benintendi could all play centerfield for the Red Sox. 

The only other wildcard to watch out for in this potential trade is catcher Christian Vazquez.  The Red Sox have been stockpiling catchers in the system and Vazquez is only under contract for the next two seasons.  While it’s unlikely Bloom would part with a team friendly contract that Vazquez owns, if it means acquiring more young talented prospects, Bloom could be motivated to trade him as well. 

I am now intrigued with the possibility of this trade due to the Red Sox acquiring prospects and moving money so they can position themselves better in the future.  Bargain Bin Bloom could be pretty shrewd after all and it might be time we all embrace his plan. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Wil Myers to the Red Sox? Why Trading For Him Now Makes Sense
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