Dec. 10, 2016
Padres, Rockies Trade Proposal: Wil Myers for Brendan Rodgers
I was going to write about the San Diego Padres' desire to trade for Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers. Then I thought of a more blockbuster move they could make. Because each offseason seems to include the Padres searching for a shortstop I think they should snag the best one in the minor leagues possible. For me it's Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies' organization. A top 10’er per MLB.com, he’s someone many teams should ask about.
Wouldn't you also know, the Rockies could use someone on the Padres. Wil Myers is an outfielder turned first baseman whose bat would look great in the Colorado altitude. Myers would fill the void at first base for the Rockies and the Padres get their shortstop of the future. It's a win-win for these National League West rivals.
The main reason for this trade to occur is for the Rockies to move Rodgers as he is blocked by Trevor Story at shortstop and DJ LeMahieu at second base. The Rockies also added Ian Desmond this offseason which has me believing they're ready to swap multiple players: including a top ten prospect.
As far as trading Myers goes, it's not a particularly great move by San Diego. However, I feel it's much easier to replace him than to find a top shortstop. Myers' injury history devalues him too. While he is not made of glass, Myers missed about half the season in 2014 and 2015 due to separate injuries. Last year, in 157 games played, he broke out and pretty much doubled his career totals in the three years combined prior with 28 home runs, 94 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases.
Of course, this trade is probably not possible straight up one-for-one. More importantly, it has no real shot at taking place even if it helps the Rockies and their desire to compete immediately while allowing the Padres to sit back for another year or two until Rodgers becomes a beast in the MLB.