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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.