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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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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