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Padres, Myers closing in on 6-year, $80 million deal

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January 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm.

The San Diego Padres and All-Star first baseman Wil Myers are on the verge of agreeing to a six-year deal worth more than $80 million, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Myers is eligible for arbitration and the arrangement would cover his last three seasons of arbitration and his first three years of free agency.

Myers, 26, is now the face of the franchise after a breakout season that included career highs of 28 homers and 94 RBIs. He started the All-Star Game held in San Diego and batted .259.

Myers is entering his third season with the Padres after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that also included the Washington Nationals. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the Rays.

Myers has a career batting average of .257 with 55 homers and 211 RBIs in four big-league seasons.

San Diego also settled with right-handed reliever Brandon Maurer on a one-year, $1.9 million deal. Maurer went 0-5 with a 4.52 ERA and 13 saves in 71 appearances last season. He became the closer when Fernando Rodney was traded to Miami midway through the season.

The Padres reportedly also settled with right-hander Carter Capps and left-handers Christian Friedrich and Brad Hand on one-year deals.

 

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