Wil MyersThe Rays have traded Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres in a deal that also involves the Washington Nationals and ten players in total according to several reports including Jim Bowden of ESPN.

The trade is pending physicals, but has been confirmed by at least one general manager of the teams involved according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

In summary:

The Rays will send Myers along with Ryan Hanigan and pitching prospects Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo to the Padres.

The Rays will receive catcher Rene Rivera, pitcher Burch Smith, and first baseman Jake Bauers from the Padres.

The Rays will also receive outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals.

The Nationals will receive pitcher Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner (eventually) from the Padres. Technically, Turner is a “player to be named later” since he is not eligible to be traded yet as a 2014 draft pick.

Souza, the triple-A MVP for the International League, was discussed earlier today HERE. Look for him to be part of the Rays on opening day.

Rivera has played parts of six seasons in the big leagues and also figures to be on the big league roster.

Bauers was a 7th round pick in the 2013 draft and spent the 2014 season as an 18-year-old in the low-A Midwest League where he hit .296 with a .376 OBP and eight home runs.

Smith was 23 in 2014 and started seven games for the Padres posting a 6.44 ERA. In 2013, he made 18 starts combined between double-A and triple-A and posted a 2.63 ERA with 102 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 92.1 innings.

Ott was a 25th-round pick in 2013 and was a 19-year-old lefty in the low-A South Atlantic League. He has struck out 77 and walked 38 in 84 minor league innings.

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  1. Buc Fan #237 says:

    Who wins this trade?

    Rays were gonna trade Meyers anyway... so did they get anything worthwhile?

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  2. edward williams says:

    Andrew who

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    • Jim says:

      Exactly, cleaning out the trash that AF left. A fragile overpaid catcher and a bad attitude in the clubhouse with a questionable world ethic. Thrilled with this entire deal.

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  3. Adam says:

    Would've been nice to add trea turner to the system. So the other minor leaguers rate as good additions?
    Also, who catches now?

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    • OriginalTom says:

      Rivera

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    • Skateman says:

      Turner doesn't have any power. We need power. Plus he's in A ball. He may never even make the majors. Souza is older and less heralded, but he has power and is MLB ready. I bet he does better, maybe significantly better than Myers next year. I'm really down on Myers. He's a terrible defender and strikes out too much, even in the minors. Souza is an upgrade in my opinion.

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      • FortMyersDave says:

        I agree with Skateman on Myers, he could be Ben Grieve #2.... Plus did not like the fact that he chose keeping his goldilocks hair over taking a haircut like his teammates to raise money for a cancer charity, sounds a bit childish and like a primadonna to me....

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  4. Dave L says:

    First blush looks like the Hannigan for Rivera was a catcher swap part of the deal. Rivera is a few years younger and may be the only one of the bunch to get starters playing time in 2015. If he simply stays healthier than Hannigan in 2015 it could be a plus.

    Despite his splash catch Souza only had 26 PA in 23 games with the Nats last year so he will likely start in AAA. He crushed it in AA and AAA despite his weak small sample size MLB numbers. He's over a year older than Myers so he can't exactly be a young Myers. Hopefully more a KK redux if dreams can come true. Kevin never put up Souza's MiLB numbers so theres hope.

    All the 'wise' baseball guys are immediately killing the Rays. Only time will tell.

    This will take some time to digest. But I expect the Rays spin will be that we get immediately better.

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  5. Matt says:

    That Myers jersey last year was a great investment :p

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Exactly what I said. I got the navy jersey at his first home game (which was electric!) for somewhere around $798,000 dollars

      (That's hyperbole, for all of you literal knuckleheads that look for reasons to argue.)

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  6. Dave says:

    Silverman is a moron. The owner is out of mind allowing a guy who knows nothing to trade away anyone who can play. I am sure Longoria will be next.
    Season ticket holder for 4 years I will never go again.

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  7. OriginalTom says:

    I could see a line up of:

    VS. R VS. L
    Kiermaier CF Jennings CF
    Zobrist RF Zobrist RF/LF/DH
    Dejesus DH Souza RF/LF/DH
    Longo 3B Longo 3B
    Loney 1B Guyer RF/LF/DH
    Jennings LF Loney 1B
    Franklin 2B Forsythe 2B
    Rivera C Rivera C
    Escobar SS Escobar SS

    Bench Bench
    Guyer Kiermayer
    Souza Dejesus
    Forsythe Franklin
    Backup C Backup C

    And in my opinion this is one gutsy trade by Silverman. It reminds me of the Young for Garza and Bartlett trade in the winter of 2007. It would be great if it works out half as well.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Gotta find protection for Longo. Who can they find that is a legit ML hitter with just enough gas in the tank to bring power for one more year at a bargain price?
      Am I looking for a unicorn?

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  8. Dave L says:

    Nice breakdown.

    A plausible lineup as of today. But if we can't extend Zobrist, why keep him?

    So you think a massively shrunk 2015 payroll can compete?

    For a 2015 WC? Possibly.

    For a WS? No

    Trade Zobrist, and use a Guyer/DeJesus LF and keep Desmond and KK in CF/RF.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Zobrist should be the most days second baseman... they should hold him at least long enough to see if Hak Ju Lee is ever going to materialize.

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  9. OriginalTom says:

    After this season where both wild cards advance to the WS, I am of the opinion that if you make the post season anything can happen. I would hate to see Zobrist go.

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    • Dave L says:

      Well hope springs eternal with us all but....

      With a new GM and now a rookie Manager, I would rather cut bait for 2016 than fish in the deep waters of 2015. We need to count on rebound years from Loney, Escobar and Dejesus who will not be around for 2016.

      All of our signifigant arms are locked up for 2016. Molina and Balfour will be off the ledger and then the payroll will be lean and only Archer and Longo on the books with everyone else basically indentured servants.

      Of course they cant say it out loud but lets move Zobrist for more youth and shoot for 2016

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      • OriginalTom says:

        Loney is signed through 2016. As far as having a bounce back season, Loney put up an OPS+ of 106 which is his career average and Dejesus put up an OPS of 115 and his career mark is 106 so basically this is what these guys are at this point in their careers decent but not great players.
        As far as Escobar goes, I think he will be on a much shorter leash this year. If his defense sucks again in spring training they will probably go with Lee, Franklin, or Zobrist at Short.

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  10. hopeful says:

    This is not bad at all! There are 4400 outs each team has per year....27 per game x 162 games....we were terrible last year with unproductive outs...think of Jennings on second, lead off double, no outs...and there he stayed as no one could move him over or drive him in....think of all the bases loaded, no out situations...popup, strike out, then fly ball for third out...

    If you were to take just 2% of their outs and make them PRODUCTIVE outs (move runner over, fly ball RBI, bunt, etc.) we were a playoff team...all the lost 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 games! If you could take those 2% of outs (88) and make them productive outs and sprinkle them situationally you have wins! Put it in play....move runners over...hit a fly with a man on third....recall all the 3-2 loses with 11 men LOB, 7 of them in scoring position...the RAYS were 12th in MLB for On Base percentage, pretty good...now move them around....cut down on strike outs./ pop ups...with the pitching, new speed, and perhaps a sense of urgency, it may be a good year!

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  11. Craig says:

    If we see Zobrist go next are the Rays headed for full on rebuilding mode? I kept wondering how the Rays can score more runs and now, giving up Myers, I'm left scratching my head again. I wouldn't be shocked to see the Rays in last place. Hopefully I'm completely wrong.

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  12. ljk says:

    Knit picking, but I count 11 players.

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  13. Gus says:

    This trade cannot be understood except in financial terms. It frees the Rays of Hannigan's massive stinker of a contract and gets an upgrade at catcher in exchange for a risky swap of OFs where the Rays have the lower upside.

    Every move this off-season has financial motivations at the forefront; paying for Andrew's folly of an off-season last year. If you give them that (and at some point the profit taking by Stu becomes obscene), this trade has some logic if Souza can really play. Wasn't that long ago that a guy like him would be called a AAAA player by the nerds in the front office.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Myers was league minimum for several more years, so the salary dump angle doesn't hold water.

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      • Gus says:

        Myers v. Souza is neutral; it is the dump of Hannigan's $8M or so salary for a guy with 180 games in the bigs that is the salary motivation here. Again, undoing all of the idiotic moves from last winter before Sternberg has to go without yacht fuel next summer.

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      • Gus says:

        Total payroll was going to be around $76M last year, and since July 31st we've seen the following come off the books in a net positive way to Stu Sternberg's ownership group:

        Price remaining portion of 2014 contract $4.67M (1/3 of Price's $14M) and Price 's 2015 obligation (approx. $17M)

        Maddon to Kevin Cash (net savings around $2.5 or more?)
        Friedman to Nobody (net savings $2M or more?)
        Peralta ($2.5M)
        Hellickson ($3.625 in 2014; probably $4M in 2015 arb)
        Hannigan ($8M owed in next 3 years)
        Heath Bell (Rays $5M portion of his $10M contract)

        People can spin it anyway they want, but they haven't added anyone back who is going to make any significant money like the money they have shipped (or have skipped) out of town.

        Obviously the Price money is the biggest savings -- $20M or so over two years. But the other cuts they have made are going to mean big savings of about that much ($20M or so) again this year (and the Hannigan savings extend into 2016). They also don't have too much exposure in the arbitration market, locking up Moore and Archer (Cobb and Smiley will be due for some $).

        To his credit, Sternberg has said pretty clearly he was cutting payroll and he has done so in a way when revenues and payrolls are going dramatically up.

        But the bigger revenue priority than the stadium (which most people think will be net revenue neutral) is to get a fricking TV contract for this squad. Just upgrading that to market rate would enable the Rays to have kept Maddon, Price and Friedman.

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        • Dave L says:

          So what? Thats the way the Rays have been doing business for years. So last year some of the moves backfired, thats to be expected.

          Matt S seems to be just continuing the same formula or at least trying to.

          What exactly were you expecting here?

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  14. Roger says:

    Maybe Ibanez wasn't brought here a managers interview but for a DH Hitter 😛

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  15. Dave says:

    Revenue will not be up. They could average about 4,000 less per game than last year. No one will want to see this team. It is a shame. This is a team getting ready for contraction.
    Mr Smith, your the idiot, why would anyone pay to see that product on the field. It's a joke

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