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Bryce Harper Contract: Latest News, Rumors on OF’s Negotiations with Nationals

Although Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is under team control for the next two seasons, speculation is already running rampant as to his future in the nation’s capital beyond the 2018 campaign. 

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Latest on Negotiations Between Harper, Nationals

Monday, Dec. 5

On Monday, USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale reported Harper is looking to get a deal for 10-plus years worth more than $400 million—terms the Nationals are unwilling to meet at this stage.

Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, refuted the report, per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan: “I have had no discussions with the Nationals regarding Harp and a long-term contract.”

Harper’s request for a contract totaling over $400 million wouldn’t be all that surprising. An MLB star is bound to cross that threshold sooner or later after Giancarlo Stanton re-signed with the Miami Marlins for $325 million over 13 years in 2014.

Harper, who turns 26 in two years, will be in the prime of his career, thus sitting in a position to demand one of the richest deals in baseball history, whether it’s with the Nationals or another team.

By his standards, Harper is coming off a disappointing 2016. A year after winning the National League‘s MVP award, he batted .243 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI. His slugging percentage dropped from .649 in 2015 to .441.

Despite his issues at the plate, Harper would likely be able to name his price in free agency should he rebound in 2017 and 2018.

Nationals principal owner Ted Lerner has shown a willingness to spend to make the team a World Series contender. Washington sent a message when it signed Jayson Werth for seven years and $126 million in 2010, and it has subsequently handed out contracts worth a combined $485 million to Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman.

Still, re-signing Harper will be a major challenge for the Nationals. He has little incentive to agree on an extension before hitting free agency, and should he hit the open market, there’s no telling how high his price tag could climb.

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Derek Norris to Nationals: Latest Trade Details, Reaction and Analysis

The San Diego Padres traded away another piece from their 2015 spending spree, sending Derek Norris to the Washington Nationals, per William Ladson of

Per Nationals Communications on, the Padres will receive minor league right-hander Pedro Avila back in the deal. 

Norris was one of a number of players Padres general manager A.J. Preller acquired before 2015 in an effort to immediately turn San Diego in to a contender. Preller’s plan was a disaster, as the team finished fourth in the National League West.

After a solid debut season for the Padres in 2015, in which he posted a .250/.305/.404 slash line with 14 home runs, Norris collapsed last season. He posted career lows in average (.186), on-base percentage (.255), slugging percentage (.328) and OPS+ (56). 

Per FanGraphs, among catchers with at least 400 plate appearances in 2016, Norris’ minus-.4 wins above replacement ranked last. 

The Padres had until 8 p.m. ET on Friday to tender Norris a contract for 2017, as he is arbitration-eligible and under team control for two more seasons.  

Moving Norris on allows the team to focus more on the development of Austin Hedges, who is almost certainly the future at catcher. Christian Bethancourt, 25, could be the long-term answer, but Hedges will likely be the front office’s first pick to replace Norris.

The 24-year-old appeared in 56 major league games last year, batting .168 with three homers and 11 RBI. After recovering from a hamate bone fracture in his left hand, he has looked great in Triple-A. In 191 plate appearances, he has a .367 batting average and a .729 slugging percentage to go along with 17 home runs and 61 RBI.

The Padres should feel confident his second promotion to the bigs will go better than the first.

Plus, they got a young arm in the deal who at least offers some upside. Avila will turn 20 in January and spent all of last season in Low-A, holding his own with a 3.48 ERA, 92 strikeouts, 86 hits allowed and 38 walks in 93 innings. 

Given Avila’s small stature—he’s listed at 5’11” and 170 pounds on—starting likely isn’t in his future. But there’s a lot to like about his arm. He was ranked as Washington’s No. 23 prospect in 2016 by, with two quality pitches already at his disposal:

The right-hander’s fastball sits at 91-93 mph with some arm-side run and sink, and he’s already adept at commanding it on both sides of the plate. Avila’s curveball is his go-to secondary offering, thrown in the mid-70s with 11-to-5 shape and good depth. His feel for the pitch is advanced, as he’ll throw it for a strike early in at-bats before taking it out of the zone to induce whiffs. 

The Padres embraced their need to rebuild last year when they dealt Craig Kimbrel and Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox in separate deals to bolster their farm system. It will take time for their new young talent to develop before results show at the MLB level, but the front office finally has them headed in the right direction. 

The Nationals know Norris as well as any team in MLB. They originally drafted him out of high school in 2007, and he spent the first three seasons of his professional career in Washington’s system before being traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of the Gio Gonzalez trade. 

Norris isn’t among the elite at his position, but he was a consistent hitter and defensive catcher in his final two years with the Oakland Athletics and first year with the Padres. If he can get back to that, then this trade will be more than worth it.

The Nationals were in need of a catcher with Wilson Ramos entering free agency. Norris may not be their long-term solution at the position because of his poor performance in 2016, but he gives manager Dusty Baker options and is a good buy-low candidate who didn’t cost any significant assets to acquire.

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Shohei Otani: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Japanese Star

Japanese star Shohei Otani is bound to be one of the most coveted international stars on the free-agent market. The only question is when the 22-year-old will decide to make the leap to MLB.

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Latest on Otani, Potential Impact of New CBA

Thursday, Dec. 1

On Wednesday, MLB announced (via Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith) it has tentatively reached an agreement with the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan noted the new CBA could have a direct impact on foreign stars such as Otani:

Following up, Passan spoke to sources who indicated the CBA could be amended to get Otani and others into the league before they turn 25.

There are ways it could happen,” an anonymous MLB official said, per Passan. “I don’t think there is any reason if an international superstar wants to play here we stop it.”

The New York Post‘s Joel Sherman talked to another person involved in the CBA discussion who echoed a similar sentiment: “When the interests of all five parties [the player, Nippon Professional Baseball, MLB, the MLB club and MLBPA] are aligned, things get worked out.”

In 21 games for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Otani went 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA this season. He averaged 11.2 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings, according to Otani also had 22 home runs and 67 RBI along with a .322/.416/.588 slash line in 382 plate appearances.

Some MLB players got a firsthand look at Otani during the 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series, which featured MLB and NPB stars.

Altering the CBA rules to incentivize Otani’s stateside arrival before his age-25 season makes sense. By arriving in MLB at an earlier age, he’d have an additional year or two to adjust to playing in a new country before entering the prime of his playing career.

An athlete has a small window of peak earning power, so it also doesn’t make sense to financially handicap top international talent.

Otani’s inevitable free agency will be a good test of the new CBA’s flexibility.

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Yoenis Cespedes Re-Signs with Mets: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

For the second year in a row, the New York Mets have re-signed Yoenis Cespedes. The team announced the deal on Wednesday:

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal initially reported the deal on Tuesday. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported the contract is worth $110 million over four years. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported it comes with a full no-trade clause.’s Buster Olney reported Cespedes wanted a fifth year but New York held firm at four.

Heyman provided a yearly salary breakdown:

The deal is the second-biggest in Mets history after they paid Carlos Beltran $119 million over seven years.

Cespedes is hopeful he will be able to finish his career with the Mets, per Anthony DiComo of

“This is the 3rd time we have acquired Yoenis in 17 months and it appears two legal separations has made the marriage stronger,” general manager Sandy Alderson said, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Cespedeschoice of automobiles became one of the more enjoyable stories of spring training last year. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson assumed at least one car dealer is having a good day:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is a fan of the move:

Sports Illustrated‘s Joe Sheehan raised concern with the no-trade clause, though:

Cespedes is coming off another solid season at the plate. He batted .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 132 games.

Last offseason, the then-30-year-old was coming off his best campaign. He was so good in the second half with the Mets that he entered the National League Most Valuable Player discussion.

Despite his success in the Big Apple, he signed what was effectively a one-year deal—three years, $75 million with an opt-out after 2016. While his performance dipped slightly, Cespedes was bound to command a premium in what is a lackluster free-agent market.

Cespedes was arguably the best hitter available this offseason. Edwin Encarnacion (33) and Jose Bautista (36) are both older, while Justin Turner and Ian Desmond don’t boast the same body of work.

Despite that, signing Cespedes comes with concerns.

Since making the jump to the United States, his numbers have fluctuated somewhat from one year to the next, as FanGraphs shows:

In addition to his hitting dropping slightly from 2015, his defense fell off a cliff in 2016. According to FanGraphs, he had a 15.6 ultimate zone rating a year ago, which dropped to minus-6.7 this year. His defensive runs saved fell from 11 to minus-3.

On a less quantifiable level, Cespedes‘ behavior off the field can leave a little to be desired.

During the season, the Mets had to tell him to refrain from golfing while he was on the disabled list after it created negative media attention, per’s Adam Rubin. The New York Daily NewsJohn Harper wrote Cespedes didn’t celebrate with his teammates after the team secured an NL wild-card spot.

Rubin wrote in October about the Mets’ concern regarding Cespedes‘ motivation were he to sign a long-term deal:

General manager Sandy Alderson generally is averse to longer-term deals, and there is particular concern that Cespedes might not provide maximum effort for the duration of a lengthy contract without the carrot of an opt-out clause.

Baseball executives believe Cespedes favors getting money up front, so perhaps a front-loaded, shorter-term deal could work, despite the Mets’ pessimism.

When a star is delivering results, eccentric behavior is embraced—or at least tolerated. When he’s not meeting expectations, that won’t hold true.

For all of his greatness, Barry Bonds’ surly personality was his undoing as he reached the twilight of his MLB career. Manny Ramirez wore out his welcome with the Boston Red Sox despite being a beloved figure among the fanbase for years prior.

None of that is to say Cespedes will start having a negative impact on the Mets clubhouse.

In January, David Wright spoke highly of Cespedes.

“I will put my name behind the statement that Yo was a good teammate on the field and a great teammate off the field,” he said in an interview with the New York Daily NewsKristie Ackert.

Keeping Cespedes is risky; a return to his less impressive Boston Red Sox days isn’t out of the question.

The Mets had little choice but to make every effort to re-sign Cespedes, though. Losing him would have been a crippling blow to the lineup.

The past year demonstrated that New York can’t afford to assume its young starting rotation will guarantee continued title contention. The front office needs to do everything it can to capitalize on its World Series window, and signing Cespedes sends the message the team is willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve that goal.

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Alex Jackson to Braves for Rob Whalen, More: Latest Trade Details and Reaction

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday night they traded right-handers Rob Whalen and Max Povse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Alex Jackson and a player to be named later.

Whalen took to Twitter to thank the Braves:

The 22-year-old made his MLB debut last year after beginning the campaign in Double-A.

He finished the season with a 7-6 record and 2.40 ERA in the minors, and in his five MLB starts, he went 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA. He averaged 8.4 strikeouts and 3.3 walks per nine innings, illustrating his erratic command.

Povse split his season between High-A and Double-A, making 26 starts and posting a 3.36 ERA. Rotoworld’s Christopher Crawford believes he’ll be a nice addition for Seattle:

The Mariners selected Jackson with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft. He spent the 2016 season with the Single-A Clinton LumberKings, batting .243 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI. ranked the 20-year-old as the sixth-best prospect in Seattle’s farm system.

Matthew Pouliot of Rotoworld questioned why Seattle parted ways with the highly touted prospect:

The trade makes sense for both teams.

After starting their rebuild, the Braves have assembled a strong core of young arms. They selected pitchers with their first three picks in 2016 and drafted Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka in the first round in 2015. Through trades, Atlanta also acquired Sean Newcomb and Touki Toussaint.

Baseball America‘s JJ Cooper pointed out how difficult it would’ve been for Povse, in particular, to break through:

The Braves can afford to part ways with Whalen and Povse since neither has shown the makings of a future ace. The Mariners, meanwhile, will benefit from bolstering their rotation depth.

Trading Jackson is risky given his age and potential, but the 20-year-old may never reach his MLB ceiling. He struck out 103 times in 92 games in 2016, a year after collecting 96 punchouts in 76 games, which is concerning.

Jackson has the power to become a staple in the middle of Atlanta’s lineup, the possibility of which is worth the price of surrendering two talented pitchers.

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Edinson Volquez Reportedly Agrees to 2-Year Contract with Marlins

Although Edinson Volquez is coming off an underwhelming 2016 campaign, that didn’t stop the Miami Marlins from reportedly signing the free-agent starting pitcher.

The Miami Herald‘s Clark Spencer first reported Monday night that the Marlins agreed to terms with Volquez. According to Ken Rosenthal of, Volquez will earn $22 million over two years, pending a physical.

The terms of the deal would justify Volquez‘s decision to turn down his $10 million mutual option with the Kansas City Royals for 2017. Given his struggles last year, the move looked risky, but the 33-year-old appears to have benefited in the long run.

A few years ago, Volquez would have been a significant upgrade for the Marlins rotation.

However, he finished 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA in 34 starts for the Royals in 2016. According to FanGraphs, he had the second-highest ERA among qualified starters. His 4.57 FIP was more flattering but still the 14th-worst mark in the majors.

Marlins Park ranked 27th in runs (0.834) and 26th in home runs (0.793) in’s park factor database, which is good news for Volquez. His numbers should improve in his first year with the Marlins.

Paying $11 million per year to Volquez is a gamble for Miami, but it’s a testament to how difficult finding value on the free-agent market is this offseason.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Analyzing Latest Buzz on Zack Greinke, Brian Dozier and More

The MLB hot stove has largely underwhelmed with the offseason heading into its third week. A blockbuster trade could provide some excitement this winter.

Zack Greinke, Brian Dozier and Michael Wacha are among the players who have bounced around the rumor mill.

Below are updates on the trio of veterans.


Zack Greinke

Few MLB contracts are more cumbersome than Greinke‘s.

The 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner went 13-7 with a 4.37 earned run average and a 4.12 FIP in 2016, according to FanGraphs. Those numbers aren’t bad for a No. 4 or 5 starter. Greinke, on the other hand, is set to make $175 million over the next five years.’s Buster Olney penned a lengthy case for why the Arizona Diamondbacks have little recourse but to deal their expensive right-hander:

But as [general manager Mike] Hazen establishes himself with the Diamondbacks, perhaps he could do what his predecessor would have never been in position to do: persuade ownership to dump Greinke and as much of his contract as possible, even if it means eating some of his salary in the years ahead. Greinke‘s contract is already a serious impediment for Hazen, as he goes about his work of trying to build a consistent winner in Arizona, and the problem might only get worse if Greinke‘s performance continues to decline next season. If Greinke struggles at all at the outset of 2017, any value he has in a pitching-thin market will evaporate entirely.

Olney added that some MLB executives believe a long-term contract with the team would provide Hazen with more flexibility to sell ownership on a Greinke trade.

It will take years for Hazen to undo the damage wrought during the Dave Stewart era. Over time, Arizona’s 2016 offseason might be considered one of the worst ever for an MLB team, between the Greinke signing and the Shelby Miller trade.

As Olney argued, holding on to Greinke runs the risk that he will continue to decline, thus further eroding his already low trade value.

The Diamondbacks should look no further than the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for how to handle a bad contract.

After waiting for years for Matt Kemp to turn things around, the Dodgers eventually ate $32 million of the $107 million remaining on his deal to send him to the San Diego Padres in December 2014, per the Los Angeles TimesDylan Hernandez.

Despite taking on a lot of dead money, the Dodgers were better off after the trade, and they managed to get solid seasons from Yasmani Grandal.

Trading Greinke would be an admission by the Diamondbacks that they made a costly mistake, but that’s a preferable outcome to giving him more than $30 million a year between now and 2021.


Brian Dozier

Dozier was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise awful 2016 season for the Minnesota Twins. He had the third-highest WAR (5.9) among qualified second basemen, per FanGraphs, and posted impressive power numbers (42 home runs, 99 runs batted in and a .546 slugging percentage).

In September, the Pioneer PressMike Berardino floated the prospect of Minnesota trading Dozier, who will make $15 million over the next two seasons. With the midseason departure of Terry Ryan, Dozier acknowledged that a different front office might have different plans regarding his future.

First things first,” he said. “You need to see after the season who is going to be our GM, which obviously plays a huge part in it.”

On Nov. 10, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported that the Twins were getting offers for Dozier. Berardino spoke to a source Friday who said Minnesota would “have to be wowed” to part with the All-Star.

As painful as it would be for Twins fans, trading Dozier makes sense if the team can get a nice return.

In two years’ time, it’s unlikely Minnesota would be able to re-sign the 29-year-old, and in the two years he’s still under team control, Dozier can do little to remedy what is the Twins’ biggest issue: starting pitching.

Minnesota isn’t going anywhere as long as Kyle Gibson, Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes are three of the team’s best starters.

The Twins can’t expect to receive an ace for Dozier, but they could leverage his career year into a strong No. 2 or 3 starter, which would at least represent progress for the staff.


Michael Wacha

On Nov. 20,’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the St. Louis Cardinals were gauging league interest in Wacha.

Providing additional perspective last Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Derrick Goold doubted whether St. Louis would pull the trigger. He wrote that the trade discussions were likely a speculative exercise by the Cardinals to see what—if anything—teams would be willing to surrender for Wacha.

It’s doubtful the 25-year-old right-hander is generating much buzz. He finished 7-7 last year with a 5.09 ERA and a 3.91 FIP, per FanGraphs. For the third season in a row, his strikeout rate lowered while his walk rate rose. He struck out 7.43 batters and allowed 2.93 free passes every nine innings.

Adding further concern, Wacha battled injuries after staying relatively healthy in 2015. He was suffering from right shoulder inflammation in August, which can be a prelude to a more significant problem. The shoulder issue helps explain why his fastball velocity fell from 95.01 in 2015 to 93.88 in 2016, per Brooks Baseball.

Wacha is under team control for the next three seasons. Since his trade value is relatively low given his age and pedigree, the Cardinals might as well keep him to see if he can rebound in 2017.

Although Wacha will likely never return to his 2013 self—when he had a 2.78 ERA in 64.2 innings—he can still be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter.

Perhaps another general manager covets Wacha to the extent that he’d send a valuable asset or two the Cardinals’ way. Nobody expected the Diamondbacks to give up No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to get Miller last year.

But barring some sort of trade like that, St. Louis should wait and see if Wacha can improve before they seriously consider dealing him.

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Rangers Prospects Reportedly Questioned for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teammate

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported Monday that authorities in the Dominican Republic are investigating allegations that a group of Texas Rangers prospects sexually assaulted an underage teammate in a “hazing incident.”

Police questioned eight prospects and informed a Dominican court they intend to charge at least four of the players with a crime. Passan wrote that Rougned Odor’s brother and Yohel Pozo are among those at the focus of the police investigation.

Prospects from Colombia and Venezuela were the victims of the hazing rituals, and some were under the age of 18, according to Passan, who detailed a brief Snapchat video showing one specific occurrence:

Video of the alleged assault, which took place toward the end of October, was captured and posted on Snapchat, according to sources. A 10-second clip of video, obtained by Yahoo Sports, shows the alleged victim in a Rangers shirt and Rangers shorts laying on a bed with his arms held behind his back and his legs pinned down. At least four men are seen in addition to the alleged victim, whose penis is exposed, grabbed and maneuvered underneath a hand towel. All of the men in the video, including the alleged victim, are seen laughing.

Citing a report from Dominican media outlet Metro, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote last Thursday that Dominican authorities arrested three Rangers prospects from the organization’s Dominican Summer League team several months ago.

Last week, the Rangers provided a statement:

The Texas Rangers became aware of an incident at our Academy in the Dominican Republic and we acted promptly to open an investigation. We have reported the incident and are cooperating fully with Major League Baseball and the authorities in the Dominican Republic. With this being an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment at this time.

After being shown evidence of the alleged hazing, the Rangers alerted MLB to the incident, and the players involved were then placed on administrative leave as part of the minor league domestic violence policy.

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Rick Porcello Wins 2016 AL Cy Young Award: Voting Results and Comments

What a difference a year makes. In 2015, Rick Porcello had one of the worst seasons of his MLB career. In 2016, the Boston Red Sox ace is the American League Cy Young Award winner.

MLB shared the news on Twitter:

Below are the full results from the Cy Young vote, per the Baseball Writers’ Association of America:

Based on this year’s numbers, Porcello’s win wasn’t a surprise. At the least, he was as good as fellow finalists Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber:

At the beginning of the season, many fans in Boston likely expected a Red Sox starting pitcher to be among the Cy Young finalists. The team spent $217 million in the offseason to have David Price anchor the rotation, in part due to Porcello’s lackluster first year with the team.

However, Price and Porcello swapped roles. The latter became Boston’s best pitcher, while the former was a high-priced disappointment.

During his six years with the Detroit Tigers, Porcello showed signs of promise but often failed to find much consistency from one start to the next. The Red Sox acquired him in December 2014 and signed him to a four-year, $82.5 million deal the following April.

At the time, the contract looked risky, and Boston may have had buyer’s remorse after Porcello finished 2015 with a 9-15 record and a 4.92 ERA.

In an interview with the Boston Globe‘s Alex Speier, Porcello said he felt a lot of pressure during his debut campaign with the Red Sox:

I wouldn’t say that the contract itself entirely was a factor last year. I think that coming to a new place, teammates, organization, fans, all of that collectively, Boston, the Red Sox, all of that collectively was something that I have a lot of respect for. I wanted to put my best foot forward. It really took an adverse effect. It kind of got worse and worse as the season went on. The more I tried to get better and produce, it didn’t happen. It went in the opposite direction.

Porcello’s improved level of comfort showed in his walk rate. He averaged a career-low 1.29 walks per nine innings in 2016.

His turnaround will provide optimism to the team, which will hope Price has a similar improvement in his second year with the Red Sox.

The big question will be how much—if any—Porcello’s performance was an outlier relative to the rest of his career.

Cliff Lee had a similar arc with the Cleveland Indians. He went from having a 6.29 ERA in his age-28 season in 2007 to winning the 2008 Cy Young before cementing himself as one of MLB’s best pitchers.

Porcello has always had the tools to become a top-end starter. Now, he may be putting it all together.

As much as they spent to bolster the rotation last year, starting pitcher is an area of concern for the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz continues to be erratic, and the Drew Pomeranz trade was a flop in the second half.

If Porcello carries his 2016 numbers over to 2017, then he can help compensate for the rest of the rotation’s problems. Should he regress back to previous years, though, it will further exacerbate the problem.


Stats are courtesy of FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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Wil Myers Contract: Latest News and Rumors on 1B’s Negotiations with Padres

Although the San Diego Padres’ outlook for the immediate future is bleak, re-signing Wil Myers, who is eligible for arbitration over each of the next three years, per Spotrac, will help bring some optimism to the fanbase.

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Latest Updates on Extension Talks

Wednesday, Nov. 9

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres general manager A.J. Preller hopes to begin discussing a potential extension with Myers’ agent this week.

Trading for Myers was one of the few successes for Preller during his spending spree in 2015.

Injuries limited the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year to 60 games in his first season in San Diego, and as a result, his performance suffered. He had a .253/.336/.427 slash line with eight home runs and 29 runs batted in.

In 2016, Myers played in 157 games, and his power numbers improved dramatically. Although his .259 batting average was only a slight step forward, he hit 28 home runs, drove in 94 runs and boasted a .461 slugging percentage.

The Padres are clearly in rebuilding mode. They finished 68-94 this past season and flipped veterans such as Drew Pomeranz, Craig Kimbrel and James Shields for prospects. Preller could be tempted to cash in on Myers as well, considering it would mean San Diego collecting a healthy return.

Still only 25, Myers can help the Padres in both the short and long term, though. In Myers, the franchise can have a cornerstone around whom to build.

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