Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade

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A massive three-team, 11-player trade has officially been agreed upon between the Rays, Padres, and Nationals. Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and ESPN.com was first to post the entire breakdown

RAYS GET …

Steven Souza, outfielder, from Nationals
Travis Ott, pitcher, from Nationals
Rene Rivera, catcher, from Padres
Burch Smith, pitcher, from Padres
Jake Bauers, first baseman, from Padres

PADRES GET …

Wil Myers, outfielder, from Rays
Ryan Hanigan, catcher, from Rays
Jose Castillo, pitcher, from Rays
Gerardo Reyes, pitcher, from Rays

NATIONALS GET …

Joe Ross, pitcher, from Padres
Trea Turner, shortstop, from Padres

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The Padres got the biggest name in the deal in Myers, who struggled this past season for Tampa Bay but won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. A wrist injury has somewhat derailed his career, but the 24-year-old right fielder should be fully recovered by now and he was thought of as one of the top young position players in baseball just a couple years ago. To get him, San Diego had to unload a bunch of young pitching and Turner, the 13th overall pick in the 2014 June MLB Amateur Draft. With the caveat that it’s impossible to analyze any trade the moment after it happens, this sure seems like a smart, crafty swap for the Nationals. They gave up an expendable part in Souza and a 19-year-old pitcher in Ott to get two very good prospects. Turner should be a long-term replacement for Ian Desmond, who is entering his walk year.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.