The San Diego Padres had expected Wil Myers to be a key part of their future. Just three years later, they are looking to be rid of him.
One could understand the San Diego Padres decision to sign Wil Myers to a long term extension prior to the 2017 campaign. He had come off of his first All Star season in 2016, belting 28 homers and stealing 26 bases. At 26 years old, and about to enter his prime, that six year extension worth $83 million appeared to be a bargain for a player who seemed to be a burgeoning superstar.
The problem is that Myers never built on that season. While he has been a solid power hitter with respectable speed, he never quite became that star he was expected to be. At this point, the remaining $67.5 million due over the next three years has become an albatross for the Padres.
As such, they would love to be able to move on from his contract. The problem is that the Padres would need to take on an equally onerous deal in order to part ways with Myers. Yet, given some of the holes on the Padres roster, and potential landing spots, such a trade could work out for everyone involved.
If the San Diego Padres do find a taker for Wil Myers, it may well be one of these three teams.