Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are close to signing first baseman Wil Myers to a six-year contract for more than $80 million.
Myers is arbitration eligible for the first time this year and would not be able to reach free agency until 2020, meaning that this deal would cover all three years of arbitration and three of his free agent years. He just turned 26 last month, so it would cover his age 26-31 seasons.
Myers is coming off a year in which he hit .259/.336/.461 with 28 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 157 games. He made the All-Star team as well. Long term contracts for corner guys like Myers are not always great deals, but this is a good one given his age, the relatively low dollars involved and the fact that his 2016 season showed him to be both durable and capable of realizing the extraordinarily high expectations people had for him as a prospect.
A nice deal for San Diego.
The Dodgers have traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves for a player to be named or cash considerations, the team announced this afternoon.
Johnson had two brief stints with the Dodgers in 2016, playing seven games, going 1-for-6 with a run scored. He hit .261/.321/.356 with 23 doubles in 120 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, starting 78 games at second base, 20 games in left field, 14 games in center field, and made two starts at third base. He stole 26 bases in 37 attempts.
For a contender like the Dodgers, playing time would’ve been hard to find. For a rebuilding Braves team, however, his versatility should come in pretty darn handy. Even if he starts in Triple-A, he’ll likely have plenty of opportunities in Atlanta in 2017.
The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures was today, and after figures are exchanged deals tend not get done. As such, there are scores of players who have reached deals with their clubs today in order to avoid arbitration. We’re not tracking every single one — that’s rather tedious — but we’re mentioning the notable ones.
Maybe the most notable: Bryce Harper, who avoided arbitration with the Washington Nationals and will now make $13.625 million in 2018.
Harper made $5 million last season, the second one after signing a two-year deal in December of 2014. He’s still under team control through the 2018 season, so he and the Nats will have one more go-around with this next winter. He’ll turn 26 after that season and some suspect the 2015 MVP could command a long term contract of $400 million or more if he hits free agency.
The next two years will say a lot about that of course. His talent and marketability is undeniable. The only issue, really, is his health, which likely sapped his production in 2016. If he rakes this coming season he’ll likely get a record arbitration deal next winter and will set himself up for perhaps the largest contract in baseball history.