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Padres Acquire Myers, Hanigan in 11-Player Deal 

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There once was a time when the San Diego Padres spoke of going after “the big bat” and “quietly building from within” to achieve some caliber and talent. There was a time when the Padres spoke loudly but carried a soft stick, leaving the “hot stove” to simmer while the Friar Faithful waited with bated breath for good news that would never come.

Such times, apparently, are a thing of the past.

The San Diego Padres have worked out an 11-player deal with the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays, according to reports, and the dividends are seemingly large for a team that carries such little offense. The deal, although unofficial as far as the clubs are concerned, is being reported by several large media outlets.

The Padres have acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, and LHP Jose Castillo with RHP Gerardo Reyes. In exchange, the Padres have sent SS Trea Turner and RHP Joe Ross to the Washington Nationals, and C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, and 1B Jake Bauers to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays also acquired OF Steven Souza and LHP Travis Ott from the Washington Nationals.

To recap, that is:

San Diego Padres receive Myers, Hanigan, Castillo, and Reyes.
Tampa Bay Rays receive Souza, Rivera, Smith, Bauers, and Ott.
Washington Nationals receive Turner and Ross.

Are we all clear on that? Good.

The center piece of this deal is undoubtedly Wil Meyers going to the Padres. Myers, a 24-year old outfielder 3rd round draft pick back in 2009, made his Major League debut with the Rays back in 2013. Myers has posted an impressive .258/.324/.400 line in his short career, with 19 homeruns and 88 RBI in 175 games with the AL East Club. Myers also brings to San Diego a resume with a brief stint in the Postseason, having collected a couple of hits in the Wild Card and Division Series games back in 2013.

Myers, who won the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year award during his debut season with the Rays, spends most of his time in right field. Myers, who has both speed and strength, is surely to be a great addition to the Padres club who continues to surprise fans with their bold and aggressive trade tendencies.

Ryan Hanigan, a 34-year old veteran who made his debut back in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds, comes along to fill the shoes of the now departed, former-Padres catchers Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera. Hanigan has carried a solid .256/.353/.341 line over his 8-year career in the Majors and is a formidable defensive backstop that has performed his job admirably behind the dish. In 2012-2013, Hanigan posted the top Caught Stealing % among National League Catchers, and in 2009 posted the highest fielding percentage of any National League catcher as well.

Although it is unclear who the Padres will acquire next as a backup to Hanigan, it appears that the Padres have picked up a solid catcher worthy of an opening day spot.

Jose Castillo, an 18-year old Venezuelan lefty who was signed by the Rays back in 2012, carries a low-90’s fastball that touches 93-94 MPH. With the Gulf Coast League Rays, Castillo posted a 2-2 record with a 5.60 ERA over 15 games between 2013 and 2014. Very little is known about Castillo at this point, but he posts a lot of promise and with the guiding hand of Darren Balsely and the Padres pitching staff, Castillo has the potential to become an effective and solid relief arm in the Padres corps.

Reyes, a 21-year old Mexican right handed pitcher who signed with the Rays organization this last season, spent his first season in professional baseball with the New York-Penn League Hudson Valley Renegades. Reyes posted a 2-1 record with a 4.09 ERA and 3 saves over 20 games. Reyes punched 39 strikeouts while walking only 9 in his short tenure with the Renegades as well – a low-Single-A ball club that topped stood atop its division at season’s end. Much like Castillo, not a whole lot is out there regarding Reyes, but he should be a great addition to the club’s pitching depth as well.

With every “take” a club acquires, there’s a little “give” as well. Rene Rivera, considered by some to be one of the top defensive backstops in all of Major League Baseball, will be heading to the Tampa Bay Rays along with on-again off-again teammate Burch Smith (1-3 record, 6.44 ERA in 2013) and minor league prospect Jake Bauers.

Additionally, Trea Turner – the Padres First Round Draft pick back in 2014 – will be heading to the Washington Nationals along with another First Round Draft Pick in Joe Ross. Ross most recently played with the Lake Elsinore Storm while Turner finished his 2014 season with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Turner finished his 2014 campaign with a ridiculous .369/.447/.529 line in 46 games.

A lot remains to be seen if the Padres most recent acquisitions – including All-Star OF Matt Kemp – will provide the club with the necessary tools to make a legitimate playoff push. Needless to say, however, this is a step in the right direction considering the club has maintained control and possession over its starting rotation and several other key prospects down on the farm. Whether or not the aggressive plays of General Manager A.J. Preller will pay off is another question as well, but for now prospects look good for the San Diego Padres and its faithful fans.

More information regarding the moves, as they become available – along with other thoughts and opinions regarding the recent trades – will be posted here, on the Friarhood.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!