Several sources, including Joel Sherman of the New York Post, report that the Rays plan to go after Nationals outfield prospect Steven Souza if they end up trading Wil Myers to the Padres.
Souza was MVP of the International League this year, but the Nationals’ outfield is set with Jayson Werth, Denard Span, and Bryce Harper and he’s almost 26 years old.
Souza hit .350 with 18 homers, 26 steals, and a 1.022 OPS in 96 games at Triple-A and also topped a .900 OPS in 2012 and 2013.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.