Just when you thought the hot stove had cooled off.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals, Padres and Rays have completed a three team trade where SS prospect Trea Turner and RHP prospect Joe Ross were sent to the Nationals, OF Steven Souza Jr. and LHP prospect Travis Ott were sent to the Tampa Bay Rays alongside C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith and 1B prospect Jake Bauers. The Padres recieved RHP prospect Gerardo Reyes, RHP Jose Castillo, C Ryan Hanigan and OF Wil Myers.

The cornerstone player of this deal was outfielder Wil Myers. Myers began his career as a top Kansas City Royals prospect, and was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for James Shields. In his rookie season, he was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. However, last season brought a significant downfall for Myers, batting .222/.294/.320 (77 OPS+) with 35 RBI and 6 home runs. San Diego decided to take the risk, and add him to their revamped outfield. The Padres also added a few sub-par prospects and Ryan Hanigan, a former Cincinnati catcher who hit .300 in 2010.

The Rays came out of the trade with a new outfielder that has a tremendous upside, Steven Souza JR (who, despite his .130 BA in the majors last season, hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI) as well as a very good 1B prospect in Jake Bauers, who has hit .292/.366/.402 with 9 home runs and 89 RBI in two years in the minor leagues. Additionally, Tampa Bay added on Rene Rivera, a journeyman catcher and Travis Ott, a lefty with decent potential.

However, the team that got the best end of this deal was arguably the Washington Nationals. The Nationals got two very high quality prospects, RHP Joe Ross, and SS Trea Turner in exchange for two commodities that they have a surplus of (OF and RHP). Drafted thirteenth overall last summer, Trea Turner, in his first season in the minors, hit .323/.406/.448 with 5 home runs, 24 RBI and 23 stolen bases over the summer in Single-A Eugene/Single-A Fort Wayne. Joe Ross, drafted 25th overall in 2011, has a 3.90 career E.R.A. over 299.2 IP.

Officially, Turner has not been traded to the Nationals due to a standard contractual clause that means he must stay in the Padres organization for 1 year, creating an awkward situation. For now, he is technically a player to be named.


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