Padres, Wil Myers nearing a six-year, $80 million+ contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are close to signing first baseman Wil Myers to a six-year contract for more than $80 million.

Myers is arbitration eligible for the first time this year and would not be able to reach free agency until 2020, meaning that this deal would cover all three years of arbitration and three of his free agent years. He just turned 26 last month, so it would cover his age 26-31 seasons.

Myers is coming off a year in which he hit .259/.336/.461 with 28 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 157 games. He made the All-Star team as well. Long term contracts for corner guys like Myers are not always great deals, but this is a good one given his age, the relatively low dollars involved and the fact that his 2016 season showed him to be both durable and capable of realizing the extraordinarily high expectations people had for him as a prospect.

A nice deal for San Diego.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.