Report: Red Sox, Padres discussed Betts trade involving Myers, prospects
Discussions between the two clubs focused on San Diego sending outfielder Wil Myers and a significant amount of prospects to Boston in exchange for the 2018 American League MVP, sources told Lin, who adds that a deal is unlikely with Betts expected to start the season with the Red Sox.
Boston would be willing to accept a group of prospects that doesn't include the Padres’ top-five minor leaguers in a trade, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. However, the Red Sox don't want to take on enough of a portion of Myers' contract, which still has $61 million left over the next three years, Acee reports.
Betts is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 campaign. The four-time All-Star will make $27 million next season after a record one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The 27-year-old is a three-time Silver Slugger and four-time Gold Glover with a career .893 OPS.
Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, hit 18 home runs with 53 RBIs across 155 contests in 2019. The former All-Star is just two years removed from a 30-homer campaign in 2017.
The two teams also talked earlier in the offseason about a trade involving Myers and left-hander David Price, but the Padres weren't interested in pursuing the deal, Lin reports.
The Red Sox would reportedly like to attach Price in a trade involving Betts and are looking to get two high-end prospects as the center of the deal. Price still has $96 million left on his pact through 2022.
The Padres also engaged in talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates about outfielder Starling Marte but discussions haven't gone far, sources told Lin.