Padres outfielder Wil Myers, who is owed $61 million over the next three seasons, hit .239 last year with 18 homers and 53 RBIs. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Spring training is upon us. Prior talks failed to result in a deal. And yet the Red Sox are still negotiating with the San Diego Padres about a potential deal that would send first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers to Boston, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Details are slim. As before, the Padres want the Red Sox to take over about half of Myers’s salary (total guarantee of $61M) over the next three years. Young talent would go to Boston to sweeten the pot. Players being discussed include pitcher Cal Quantrill, catcher Luis Campusano and infielder Gabriel Arias, though it’s not clear which would be included. 

That leaves out one major component of the trade talks: What would come back from the Red Sox? The original chatter between these teams involved 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, who is no longer with Boston. There’s no real indication as to what current Red Sox might pique the interest of Padres general manager A.J. Preller.

Yet more intriguing? The real goal, per Acee, is to swing a blockbuster for a high-level talent. He notes Nick Senzel of the Reds and Francisco Lindor of the Indians as longstanding targets, but it’s not really clear whether either is realistically available at this point. There aren’t many other conceivable candidates to be acquired who would meet the description of a “difference-making."

It’s fair to hold some skepticism here, especially as to the possible second prong of this scenario. Then again, Preller once pulled off a trade for Craig Kimbrel just before the start of a season, so it’s tough to rule out any mid-spring fireworks.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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