washington nationals logoLast night, word trickled slowly out that a big trade between the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays was brewing, involving budding young start outfielder Wil Myers, and presumably much more. And then there was word that another team – or teams – would be involved in the deal somehow, either directly or immediately after.

It was all very mysterious and intriguing, and the fallout from these kinds of huge deals can be hard to gauge immediately – thus, following along is pretty fun.



And, this morning, Jeff Passan adds to the intrigue:



The Nationals have been among the least active, but most heavily rumored about teams in baseball this offseason, with a huge number of one-year free agents – Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard, and Denard Span – potentially available in trades.

Is one or more from that group going to be heading to San Diego or Tampa Bay? Is there any relationship here between the rumors that the Mariners were on the verge of acquiring a bat, the rumors that the Nats and Mariners had previously discussed a huge swap involving Zimmermann and Desmond, and this? Are we about to see some kind of crazy four-team trade? Five-team trade? TWENTY-EIGHT-TEAM TRADE?!?

It sure feels like there’s about to be a dam break, which is crazy, given that the transaction water has already been gushing over the dam for weeks now.

Will the Cubs figure into any of this, either directly or indirectly? It’s not at all inconceivable, given their prior rumored connections to the Nationals, and their obvious connections to the Rays (Joe Maddon may have some favorite players he wouldn’t mind bringing over) and Padres (ditto Jed Hoyer/Jason McLeod/Jaron Madison).



UPDATE: Well, this is getting strange and conflicting. I’m trying to follow the Mariners/Ruggiano rumor, which could somehow be tied in to all of this, so I’m just going to dump tweets from today …

So, yeah. Relationship status: it’s complicated.

UPDATE 2: With apologies, I’m currently making dinner, so I can’t quite dissect the latest on this potentially huge trade right now. But here’s what Ken Rosenthal is saying:




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