According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals, Padres and Rays have agreed to a three-way, 11-player trade, pending physicals. The headliner of the deal is outfielder Wil Myers, who will head to San Diego along with catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes.
Tampa Bay will receive pitcher Burch Smith, catcher Rene Rivera, outfielder Steven Souza, pitching prospect Travis Ott, and first base prospect Jake Bauers. The Nationals, who were initially referred to as a 'mystery third team,' will receive pitching prospect Joe Ross, as well as a player to be named later who is expected to be shortstop prospect Trea Turner.
Myers had a fantastic season in 2013, earning AL Rookie of the Year honors after posting a .293/.354/.478 line over 88 games. He was then forced to miss almost half of the season in an injury-marred 2014 campaign that saw his OPS drop by over 200 points. He is still only 24, though, and is the type of talent that warrants such a blockbuster package.
Although this looks to be the type of trade that could benefit all three parties, the Nationals are probably walking away feeling like the clear winners. To be able to land the Padres' 2014 first round pick in Turner and a solid pitching prospect in Ross for Ott, who is not highly regarded, and Souza, who is 26 and blocked on the major league club, could end up being a steal.
With his newfound path to playing time, Souza could be the key piece for Tampa Bay. Fangraphs' Steamer projects him to have roughly the same value as Wil Myers next year, and he is under team control for six seasons. Smith is an interesting pitching prospect who has already had a cup of coffee, albeit with disastrous results. Rivera is an underrated 31-year old catcher who was worth 3.0 fWAR last season, while the acquisition of Jake Bauers will likely lead to a significant increase in terrible '24' puns around the Tampa Bay area.