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Tampa Bay Rays Trade Wil Myers to San Diego Padres

UPDATE: MLB Trade Rumors breaks down the complicated 3 team deal!

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, and Burch Smith.  Myers was the centerpiece of the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals. Myers, who just turned 24 this month, has played in 88 and 87 games the past two seasons.  In 660 career MLB ABs, he owns a .258/.324/.400 slash.  Not that great.  In his debut season, Myers hit .293 with 23 doubles and 13 home runs, driving in 53 runs and scoring 50 runs, to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.  Myers hit just .222 last season, recovering from a broken wrist.

Tampa Bay traded Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for Kevin Jepsen

Padres Acquire Matt Kemp

Padres Acquire Justin Upton

Padres Acquire Derek Norris 

Tampa will now feature Kevin Kiermaier in RF, taking over for Myers and Brandon Guyer will most likely man LF.  With Desmond Jennings leading off and hitting .244 with a .314 OBP, this is looking like a LONG season for the Rays!  James Loney led the team with a .290 average last season and Ben Zobrist (.272) was the only other hitter with a BA over .270!  Evan Longoria hit .253 but did drive in 91 runs and hit 22 home runs.

The Padres are making moves!  First they acquired Matt Kemp during the MLB Winter Meetings and now they add another piece to a lineup desperate for some life.  It is still far from dangerous, but you have to start somewhere!  However, unless San Diego plans on taking Will Venable and his .224 BA (.288 OBP) out of the lineup/leadoff spot, Seth Smith will be out of a job, and he led the team with 31 doubles last season and hit .266.  It also means Carlos Quentin and/or Cameron Maybin will likely be traded.

But probably the most important player in the Paders lineup next season will be Jedd Gyorko, who will have to continue hitting .260, like he did after the All-Star break last season vs .162 pre All-Star break!

No team can afford to have Dan Uggla Jr. in their lineup!

The Padres were top 10 in pitching statistics last season, but the offense was dead last in runs, average, on base and slugging!  A little offense will go a long way in San Diego.  They added Brandon Morrow to their pitching staff that features Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Jesse Hahn.