The San Diego Padres are close to signing Wil Myers to a six-year, $80 million contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal would cover the first three years of arbitration for Myers, along with his first three years of free agency.
San Diego has been kicking the tires on giving Myers an extension since early November, but now things are finally close. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season, which he slashed .259/.336/.461 with 28 home runs and 94 runs batted in. Myers also swiped 28 bases and was caught just six times.
Myers will start at first base to start the 2017 season, with Ryan Schimpf at second base, Luis Sardinas at shortstop, and Yangervis Solarte at third base to round off the infield. The outfield, where Myers used to play, consists of Alex Dickerson, Travis Jankowski, and Hunter Renfroe.
Health has been an issue since being drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, but Myers proved that when health, he can be a threat on the field. Myers has played left field, right field, center field, designated hitter, third base and first base across his four-year major league career.
If the deal is completed, Myers will be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season. If the deal is not completed, Myers would become a free agent after the 2019 season. The right-handed hitter from Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) will be 31 years old after the extension is done, so the Padres should get Myers for the entirety of his prime.