Wednesday's MLB roundup: Padres get Myers from Rays

Detroit News wire services

San Diego — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season due to a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs.

There were multiple reports that Washington also was involved in the deal, but the person would not confirm the Nationals' involvement to The Associated Press. San Diego also receives catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes in the trade, with catcher Rene Rivera moving from the Padres to Tampa Bay.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The deal comes as the Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, try to finalize a trade that would send catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz.

The Kemp deal is pending physical exams and the commissioner's office approving the Dodgers sending $32 million to the Padres to help offset the $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract.

With Myers coming on board, the Padres now have six outfielders, although two of them, left fielder Carlos Quentin and center fielder Cameron Maybin, have had a hard time staying on the field due to injuries. Kemp likely will play right or left.

The Padres' best option for dealing an outfielder would appear to be Seth Smith, who hit .266 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs last year.

With a solid pitching staff in place, new general manager A.J. Preller is loading up on offense.

The Padres had a historically awful offense in the first half of 2014 before improving enough to finish third in the NL West. Still, they were at the bottom of the majors with a .226 average, .292 on-base percentage and 535 runs. Their 109 homers were the second-fewest in the bigs.

Cuba impact uncertain

Major League Baseball officials aren't sure of the impact of President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The U.S. withdrew diplomatic recognition of the Cuban government in January 1961.

Because of the American trade embargo, a player who defected from Cuba has had to obtain a license from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control before he could sign with a major league organization.

Baseball officials said in a statement they are "closely monitoring the White House's announcement" and added "there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation.

"We (also) will continue to track this significant issue, and we will keep our clubs informed if this different direction may impact the manner in which they conduct business on issues related to Cuba."

Personnel dept.

The Royals have reached agreement with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on a two-year, $20 million deal, reported.

... Free agent reliever Sergio Romo reportedly is closing in on a two-year, $15 million deal with the Giants.

The right-hander, 31, has spent all seven of his big league seasons with San Francisco.

Romo finished 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 23 saves in 64 outings last season.

... Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

... The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs. Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago.

... The Red Sox obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers.

Varvaro finished 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last season. Kurcz, 24, was 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA with Double A Portland last season.

... Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug.