It’s been percolating for a day now, and the teams have finally agreed on the particulars of the deal. Ken Rosenthal and Jim Bowden generally stitched things together, and MLBTR sums up the eleven(!)-player deal:
- Padres receive: Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes, and Jose Castillo from Rays.
- Rays receive: Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers from the Padres; Steven Souza and Travis Ott from the Nationals.
- Nationals receive: Joe Ross and Trea Turner (by way of a PTBNL designation, because Turner can’t be traded until a year after he signed, which means the Nats don’t actually get him until mid-June (that’s not at all awkward and strange for developmental purposes)).
From the look of things, the Padres will have made out quite well if Myers is over the wrist issue and becomes the guy many think he will be. The Nationals made out well by dealing from surplus to pick up a nice pitching prospect and an excellent shortstop prospect (dealing Souza, by the way, makes it slightly less likely that they’ll deal an outfielder like Denard Span).
The Rays … well … they saved a lot of money and got a bulk return. I can understand why they did it, and it does make you wonder whether they’d be open to other “sell” deals that could further re-stock their system, which has weakened substantially in recent years.
We’ll see if the Nationals continue to consider deals for the other one-year players, and if the Padres do get that Matt Kemp trade done, then they’ll looks slightly more like contenders out West this year (or for the Wild Card, which could, down the road, affect the Cubs).
We’ll also see if anything else shakes out from this. It’s not easy to pull off an eleven-player trade like this, and it could create redundancies and other opportunities for more deals. Indeed, I’d be surprised if more bits and rumors don’t pop up in the wake of this trade in the coming days and weeks.