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.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.