The San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports the San Diego Padres plan to enter the 2014 with their new outfield, including Wil Myers, calling the Cole Hamels trade rumors "premature." However, Lin notes "considering Preller’s recent level of activity and the hour-to-hour nature of the offseason, the situation could always change."
The Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence reported yesterday the Padres have had discussions about trading for Hamels and using Myers as "trade bait."
Myers, who turned 24 this month, was acquired last week by San Diego but joins a crowded outfield that includes newly acquired outfielders Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. Myers batted .293/.354/.478 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 88 games for the Rays in 2013 en route to the Rookie of the Year award. He battled a wrist injury last season causing him to miss most of June, July and part of August. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 87 games.
Hamels, who turns 31 later this month, went 9-9 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 30 starts for the Phillies last season. In nine seasons with the Phillies, Hamels is 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 275 starts for Philadelphia.
Hamels still has four years and $90 million remaining on his contract with a $20 million team option and a $24 million vesting option for 2019.
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