According to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the San Diego Padres are closing in on a contract extension with 26-year-old outfielder Wil Myers.
It is believed to be a six-year deal with a value of $83 million attached to it, as well as a club option for a seventh season. Talks first began on Friday when Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the two sides were close to a long-term agreement worth more than $80 million, however, it has been rather quiet ever since.
The Padres have been looking to lock up Myers for a while now as extension was an active topic of conversation back in November, though, nothing was to come of it as interest was not terribly strong at that point in time, therefore, very minimal conversation occurred then.
As initially reported by Rosenthal and confirmed by Heyman, the new deal is said to cover three years of arbitration, meanwhile, it will also cover three years of free agency, assuring the all-star of his whereabouts looking ahead into the future.
Following the conclusion of the 2016 regular season, general manager A.J. Preller had discussed a potential switch of positions which is a conversation that actually led somewhere, therefore, Myers will make the transfer from right field to first base when 2017 spring training commences in the weeks to come.
Taking a look back on Myers' 2016 campaign, he finished with a battling line of .259/.336/.461 to go alongside 28 home runs and 94 RBI's in a total of 157 games played. Over this time, Myers also made 676 plate appearances.
Myers was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft and signed in August of that season before eventually finding his way out in a trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013 where he made his major league debut and later found success in the corner outfield, leading to an everyday role alongside guys such as Kevin Kiermier most recently.
If and when all terms and conditions of this deal become official, Myers will not become eligible to hit the free agent market until the conclusion of the 2022 season where he is sure to find another big deal if he continues down the path in which he has created for himself.