2013 American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays, was the centerpiece of a three-team, 11-player trade on Wednesday.
The other two Major League Baseball teams involved in this mega-trade were the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.
In the trade San Diego was the lucky club who acquired Myers. Myers was great for the Rays in 2103 but sat out most of the 2014 season with a broken wrist. Also heading to the Padres is catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castilo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes.
Souza, you may remember as the player who saved Jordan Zimmermann‘s no-hitter in game 162 against the Miami Marlins this past season. It was the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals’ history.
Zimmermann nearly gave up a would-be game changing hit but Souza came in from left field with a sensational diving catch and the Nationals had their first no-hitter.
Myers, who was a third-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in the first-year player draft in 2009, was shipped to Tampa Bay in the trade that brought “Big Game” James Shields to the Royals. The same Shields that helped take Kansas City to the 2014 World Series.
Myers hit .293 with 13 homers in 88 games in 2013 and was limited to just 87 games in 2014 due to a long stint on the disabled list. He batted just .222 with six home runs last season.
Still, the 24-year-old has a lot of potential to offer San Diego who have been trying to improve thier club enough to compete in the National League West. They recently, still pending a physical, traded for Los Angeles Dodgers’ slugger Matt Kemp.
It was a crazy Wednesday in December for baseball. This trade will be remembered as one of the biggest blockbusters of the offseason.