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.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.