Padres, Rays, Mariners discussing trade involving Wil Myers

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the Rays had received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of young outfielder Wil Myers. And it appears the Tampa Bay front office was paying attention to those calls …

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Rays have been discussing a “significant trade” scenario that would send Myers to San Diego. Rosenthal says the talks involve a number of players, though it’s not known if an agreement is close.

Myers was limited to 87 games in 2014 due to a wrist injury and he batted just .222/.294/.320 when healthy, but the 24-year-old won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and he is under contractual control through 2019. Myers was rated a Top 10 prospect by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com prior to the 2013 season. The Royals used him to get James Shields in December 2012.

The Padres have already added Matt Kemp this winter. Now they want to beef up the offense further.

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UPDATE, 7:31 p.m. ET: Topkin tweets that the Padres are currently “exploring several options” and that nothing between the Rays and Padres is close enough for a trade to get done by the end of the night Tuesday. Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM hears that Padres top catching prospect Austin Hedges has been discussed in the negotiations, and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the Rays have been inquiring about young Padres pitchers Matt Wisler, Burch Smith, and R.J. Alvarez.

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UPDATE, 8:11 p.m. ET: There is “significant optimism” that Myers-to-San Diego will get done, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Passan hears that an agreement is “very close.”

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UPDATE, 9:44 p.m. ET: Topkin is hearing that there could be a third team involved.

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UPDATE, 10:00 p.m. ET: Jason Churchill of Seattle’s 1090 The Fan has been given “strong indications” that the Mariners are the third team. Churchill says pitching prospect Taijuan Walker may end up with the Padres and Myers could be going to Seattle. “Timeline on any move uncertain,” Churchill adds.

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.