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.

Zach Davies replaces Gio Gonzalez on the Brewers roster

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Major League Baseball just announced that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to the ankle injury sustained by Gio Gonzalez: right-handed pitcher Zach Davies will take his place. In accordance with league rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return if the Brewers make it to the World Series.

That rule is designed to prevent roster gamesmanship such as having a pitcher fake an injury after he’s done being used in an effort to give a team a fresh arm in a short series. A second layer on that is an independent consult with the league, which may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In this case, Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed Gonzalez’s injury after communicating with the Brewers’ evaluating physician. Not that anyone can really suggest that Gonzalez was faking. The dude’s ankle went sideways.

That being said, this is a benefit to the Brewers at least for the short term. Davies did not have a fantastic season, going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts and failing to make the Brewers’ initial postseason roster, but he is fresh — he hasn’t pitched since September 28 — which could prove very useful for Craig Counsell and the Brewers after last night’s 13-inning game.