San Diego doesn’t plan to trade Wil Myers before the non-waiver trade deadline, Padres Owner Peter Seidler told Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times.
The Padres are in the midst of rebuilding, but it appears the club’s front office is not interested in moving core pieces this summer. San Diego spent more on international free agents than any other team this month and appears confident in its depth moving forward.
San Diego is 38-49 and in fourth place in the National League West. A playoff push seems unlikely, and if the Padres struggle after the All-Star break, they will almost certainly sell before the deadline.
It didn’t take long for the Padres to move major pieces on their major league roster, with James Shields being sent to Chicago and Fernando Rodney traded to Miami. Both deals were made before July 1.
While the Padres remain open to moving Drew Pomeranz, according to Shaikin, Padres executive Ron Fowler called Myers “the type of guy we want to build this team around.”
Myers, 25, is having another productive season, batting .293/.358/.535 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has also stolen 15 seasons after not recording more than six steals in each of the last three seasons.
Since Myers is a controllable infielder, the Padres could continue to add prospects around him. He isn’t arbitration eligible until next season and won’t be a free agent until 2020.
Myers, who batted .258 over two seasons with the Rays, was selected to represent the Padres in the All-Star Game, which will be held at Petco Park next week.
While Myers wasn’t mentioned in trade rumors regularly, teams seeking starting pitching have expressed interest in Pomeranz, who is one of few controllable starters expected to be available.
Pomeranz has pitched well this season, posting a 2.47 ERA and 3.18 FIP over 102.0 innings. He won’t be a free agent until 2019, which might encourage the Padres to keep him on the roster.