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MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres still talking Wil Myers trade with this framework

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres still talking Wil Myers trade with this framework

We have another plot twist in the Boston Red Sox' offseason of surprises.

The Red Sox and Padres have had "ongoing talks" in the last two days about a trade involving outfielder Wil Myers, The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reported Tuesday.

Myers was the centerpiece of the Padres' trade negotiations with Boston involving Mookie Betts, as San Diego was hoping the Red Sox would absorb some of the $61 million Myers is owed over the next three seasons.

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It appears Padres general manager A.J. Preller is still intent on unloading Myers, even after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Betts sweepstakes by sending Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong to the Red Sox.

Here's what Boston could get in return, per Acee, who notes the Padres would like the Sox to assume "about half" of Myers' remaining $61 million:

The Red Sox are interested in pitcher Cal Quantrill, as well as highly touted prospects Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias, though the Padres are unlikely to part with all three. Quantrill is a central piece in the talks.

The Red Sox desperately need pitching after losing David Price and Rick Porcello this offseason. The 25-year-old Quantrill, whom San Diego picked eighth overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, is an intriguing young arm who made his major league debut last May.

Campusano is a 21-year-old catcher who ranks 50th on MLB's Top 100 prospects list for 2020, while Arias is a 19-year-old shortstop who ranks outside the Top 100 but earned an invite to Padres spring training this year.

The Red Sox seemingly have their outfield set with Andrew Benintendi in left field, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Alex Verdugo in right, with recent signing Kevin Pillar as a platoon backup.

But Boston has the money to take on the 29-year-old Myers -- who hit .239 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs last season -- so the club may have interest in facilitating a Padres salary dump if it can get additional young talent from San Diego.

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.