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Date: Team: Pos:
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official.
Dec 17 - 5:33 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday.
Dec 17 - 4:40 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that neither Ben Zobrist nor Evan Longoria have been part of the Rays' trade discussions.

The Rays are looking at Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza as they work to complete a trade of Wil Myers to the Padres, but for the time being, it seems that they are more likely to trade out of prospect depth than they are to trade from their stable of major league talent. Longoria is the face of the franchise and while the Rays have shown a willingness to move any talent in the right deal, it would probably take quite a bit to bid farewell to their perennial All Star.
Dec 17 - 2:01 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter.
Dec 17 - 1:52 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team.
Dec 17 - 11:55 AM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement.
Dec 17 - 11:33 AM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019.
Dec 17 - 10:49 AM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs.
Dec 16 - 10:05 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that some players involved in the potential deal sending Wil Myers to the Padres could be flipped to another team.

Passan likens it to the trades earlier this month involving Andrew Heaney, who was dealt from the Marlins to the Dodgers before being flipped on to the Angels. While it doesn't appear the trade will be completed Tuesday night, the odds are looking good that it will eventually get done. Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez have been mentioned as possible players heading to Tampa Bay.
Dec 16 - 9:52 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking.
Dec 16 - 8:14 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres is "said to have a chance."

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear the talks have some legs. Heyman also adds that Burch Smith is one player that could head to Tampa in the deal. Other players previously connected to the potential deal from San Diego's side have been Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler and R.J. Alvarez.
Dec 16 - 8:09 PM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019.
Dec 16 - 5:45 PM

Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow last Friday and is expected to begin the 2015 season on the disabled list.

Ouch. McGee had a loose body removed from the elbow and the Rays won't have a clear timetable on his return until the spring. It's too bad, as the 28-year-old is coming off an excellent season where he posted a 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and a 90/16 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. The Rays figure to give Ernesto Frieri a shot at the closer role to begin 2015, but Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen could also be in the mix.

Rays acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Angels for OF/DH Matt Joyce.

Jepsen is coming off a career-best season where he posted a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings across 74 appearances. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he'll make around $2.6 million in 2015, his final year of arbitration eligibility. The 30-year-old should be a useful addition for the back-end of the bullpen for Tampa Bay.
Dec 16 - 2:38 PM

Rays signed INF/OF Eugenio Velez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Velez, 32, spent last season at Triple-A with the Brewers, hitting .309/.363/.441 with seven homers and 27 steals. He hasn't played in the majors since 2011.
Dec 12 - 5:17 PM


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