The San Diego Padres have signed Wil Myers to a contract extension worth $83 million for six years, confirmed multiple reports on Monday. John Heyman of the MLB Network and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the latest MLB news on Twitter:
Myers highest paid in Padres’ history
“wil myers & padres are in basic agreement on 6-year deal plus 1 option year. believed to be for $83M,” Heyman tweeted on Monday though but Rosenthal had this scoop three days ago.
“Sources: #Padres close to signing Wil Myers to six-year contract for more than $80M. Deal would cover three years of arb, three FA years,” Rosenthal stated.
wil myers & padres are in basic agreement on 6-year deal plus 1 option year. believed to be for $83M. @Ken_Rosenthal on it
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 17, 2017
Sources: #Padres close to signing Wil Myers to six-year contract for more than $80M. Deal would cover three years of arb, three FA years.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2017
Other reports stat that the deal could reach a seventh year, which would be an option. Myers’ new contract will be the biggest and most expensive in franchise history. James Shields signed with the Padres in 2015 for $75 million.
This could be a risky move for the Padres, which trusted Myers’ injury situation to improve in the next seasons. The 26-year-old outfield/first baseman won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year award playing for the Tampa Bay Rays in his first year.
But the Rays traded him in December 2014 along with Ryan Hanigan to the Padres as part of a larger three-team deal that also involved the Washington Nationals.
In the 2015 season with San Diego, Myers dealt with tendinitis in his wrist and eventually had surgery. He returned to the Padres as the team’s first baseman to minimize the injuries.
For Myers’ short MLB career, he has a batting average of .257 with 382 hits, 55 home runs and 211 RBIs. He made the MLB All-Star squad in 2016. In 157 regular season games for the Padres last year, he recorded a .259 batting average, 155 hits, 28 home runs and 94 RBI.