No. 3: Land San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers
The White Sox have a need in the outfield, specifically in the corners. Adding Jon Jay does not solve that problem. Eloy Jimenez won’t be up for at least three weeks into the season. The White Sox could use a versatile long-term fix.
Enter Wil Myers.
The Padres are in a similar state as the White Sox. With a loaded farm system and a team that looks to be on the verge of winning, the Padres have some holes to fill, but could also look to sell.
They can get both done here.
By dealing Myers, they clean up an ugly, crowded mess in the outfield. Given Myers’ age (28), he’ll likely be the odd man out anyways.
And coming off of a down year, Myers value is at an all-time low. He’s under contract for three more seasons, but it isn’t exactly a team-friendly contract. He certainly has value as a former All-Star, but that value is limited.
However, the White Sox could be the perfect fit for Myers. He can play any outfield position in 2019, move to first base in 2020, and play a little third base here and there.
Myers return would be tailored to the Padres needs, and wouldn’t exactly correspond with his value.
First, the Padres could use a relief prospect. Alec Hansen isn’t a relief prospect, but if last season’s disaster was any indicator for the former top-100 prospect, it might be a good move. The Padres would take a chance on Hansen’s upside, and make him the center of the deal.
Next would be a pair of pieces to help the major league team. Yolmer Sanchez, who likely won’t have a spot on the White Sox once a specific free agent infielder signs, can fix that void at third base for the Padres. His consistency and versatility gives him value, and he could be on the move anyways.
Sealing the deal is Aaron Bummer. As I’ve been told and mentioned above, Bummer has been discussed in trade talks in the last few weeks. A young reliever and former top-30 prospect, Bummer would be another high-upside guy to fit the Padres mold.