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MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

The Boston Red Sox are looking to replenish their farm system, and the San Diego Padres have the talented prospects to make a deal worth their while.

With the Padres looking to ship Wil Myers and part of the $61 million remaining on his contract, the Red Sox would appear to be the perfect fit, especially after clearing some space on their payroll by sending David Price and Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston had flirted with San Diego about a similar deal involving Betts, but the Sox instead went with L.A.'s offer.

Since then, the two sides reportedly have discussed a trade that would send Myers and half of his salary to Boston in exchange for a package of prospects that may include pitcher Cal Quantrill.

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Although such a deal makes sense on paper, it's "unlikely" to happen, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

Speier writes:

However, while the concept is interesting for a Red Sox organization intent on replenishing its upper levels and young big league talent, two major leagues sources characterized any such trade as unlikely. One of those sources characterized the idea mostly as “tire kicking” by the Red Sox rather than a deal with real legs.

The Padres, after all, are trying to improve their chances of contention rather than simply shed payroll. Their goal in pursuing Betts wasn’t to shed Myers’s salary but to add an elite talent. As such, they have little motivation to give up prospects and/or potential big league contributors for the sake of moving Myers unless they could reallocate his salary to acquire another player (likely via trade) such as Francisco Lindor.

As much as the Padres would love to rid themselves of most of Myers' bloated contract, trading him and a package of top prospects for cash doesn't make a whole lot of sense. As Speier notes, that changes if a player of Betts or Lindor's caliber is thrown in the mix. But since that isn't the case, there doesn't seem to be much of a benefit for an up-and-coming San Diego club.

There's still a chance the deal's framework could change -- potentially with a third team involved -- but as of now, a straight-up deal to "buy" Padres prospects probably isn't on the table.

MLB Rumors: Could Red Sox be part of three-team Wil Myers trade?

MLB Rumors: Could Red Sox be part of three-team Wil Myers trade?

Could the Boston Red Sox participate in another blockbuster trade before the 2020 season?

We learned Tuesday that the Red Sox and Padres are still discussing a trade involving San Diego outfielder Wil Myers, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

But it's possible a third team gets involved in a Red Sox-Padres trade, The Athletic's Dennis Lin reported Wednesday.

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From Lin:

As part of these considerations, the Padres have discussed a potential three-team trade that would ship Myers to the Red Sox and land Cincinnati Reds center fielder-second baseman Nick Senzel in San Diego, two sources told The Athletic

Lin added that no trade is imminent, but Acee also reported the Padres have interest in the 24-year-old Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds' No. 2 overall pick in 2016 who would become San Diego's center fielder.

Per Acee, a Padres-Red Sox trade would have Boston assume about half of the $61 million Myers is owed over the next three years while receiving some combination of pitcher Cal Quantrill and prospects Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias.

It's unclear how the Reds' involvement would affect Boston's return for Myers, or if the Red Sox would have to send a player to Cincinnati in this deal.

But San Diego general manager A.J. Preller apparently is serious about making a move: The Padres also remain interested in Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Lin reports.

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.