Wil Myers is arbitration eligible, but the Padres are close to buying out his remaining three arbitration years and his first three years of his free agency with a six year deal. Ken Rosenthal reports on Twitter that the deal would likely be for more than $80M.
Sources: #Padres close to signing Wil Myers to six-year contract for more than $80M. Deal would cover three years of arb, three FA years.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2017
Myers is one of the few players remaining who was acquired in A.J. Preller’s frenzy of trades prior to the 2015 season. Initially he played centerfield but switched to first base after the team floundered and Yonder Alonso was traded to the A’s. Myers is thought to be one of the few players that will transition from the old guard, through the tanking years and into competitive seasons somewhere in the distant future.
ZiPS approves of Myers extension - with projected arb awards, ZiPS suggested 6/94.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 13, 2017