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Rays are not yet planning a Wil Myers promotion

Jun 9, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

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Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch tweeted Saturday that the Rays “are getting closer to recalling” top outfield prospect Wil Myers and that it “should happen” within the “next 10 days.”

But nobody else is corroborating Bowden’s report.

In fact, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays have not taken any steps toward promoting the talented 22-year-old because there is simply no place to put him. Kelly Johnson, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist have been doing a good job of handling the corner outfield spots and Luke Scott is the Rays’ full-time designated hitter. Myers needs to play every day, and there’s no way of guaranteeing him that kind of regular action right now at the major league level.

“We have a number of players in Triple-A who are knocking on the door,” Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said Saturday when asked specifically about a Myers callup. “We don’t look at a calendar to determine when to make a move. We have seen some already this year, and there are others whose time hasn’t come yet. Oftentimes it simply comes down to opportunity, like when an injury creates an opening. Until that opportunity arises, our players get to work on their game so they’re better prepared when the call comes.”

Myers is batting .286/.359/.515 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 57 games this season for the Durham Bulls. Tampa Bay will save money in the long run by letting him further marinate in the minors because they can avoid him qualifying for an extra year of arbitration as a Super Two. Though that window does close soon.

  1. mlblogsyossif - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Two words: Sam Fuld

  2. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    2 words lucke scoot or sam fuld even though i like fuld he is strugging

    • joenash72 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      That’s actually four misspelled words…….

  3. randygnyc - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Scott has 18 RBI in 98 PA, better ration than longoria. Scott is going nowhere. Fuld, maybe

  4. joenash72 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Tampa will play it safe on the Super 2 thing, since it’s not an actual hard and fast date.

    But once safely past mid-June, you make room for Wil Myers.

    Those 2-HR days like he had Saturday more valuable in TB than in Durham….

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Unfortunately, the same exact day that produced 2 HR’s in Durham would have a good chance of producing an 0-5 in the AL East.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    The Rays extreme cheapness would drive me nuts if I was a fan of theirs.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Andrew Friedman is a frickin genius, and that is not a word I toss around lightly. He’s baseball’s answer to Daryl Morey of the Denver Nuggets. If you were a fan of theirs you would just marvel at his handiwork and enjoy the best team per salary dollar ever year.

      • echech88 - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        How did this get 7 likes?

        Daryl Morey works for the Houston Rockets and last time I checked, his use of advanced stats hasn’t done much to separate them from traditional scouting.

        Friedman is good…this analogy was not.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Yes, I got my boy genius GM’s teams confused and dyslexia’d in Ujiri’s team. Oops. Doesn’t subvert the point though, if you don’t admire Morey’s work with the Rockets’ roster, then you 1) aren’t paying attention or 2) don’t understand the NBA salary cap at all. Not at all.

        Furthermore, you are an abrasive jerk. It’s one thing to be totally wrong, it’s another to shout about it while suffering from cranial-rectal inversion. If this is too complicated to understand, stop shouting into your own asshole.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Daryl Morey just got Dwight Howard to come to Houston. Guess who’s the best GM in the NBA??

      • thebadguyswon - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Ah yes, I love living in the age where the world “genius” is thrown around in the sports world like buttcheeks in a whore house.

        No, I happen to think your team is penny wise and pound foolish.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        I’m a Red Sox fan, genius.

    • buddaley - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      If you think the decision on Myers is driven entirely by the super 2 issue or any other financial consideration, you do not understand the Rays management. Such concerns are almost certainly factors in the decision, but they are not exclusively so, and probably not even primarily so.

    • indaburg - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      They don’t really have too much of a choice, although yes, sometimes I wish our team owner wasn’t wise and just spent to win, money be damned.

  6. connormyboy - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    They can move Johnson to Dh or Joyce drop Scott and bring up Myers.Better yet if they could find a catcher so they could drop Molina.

  7. citynative - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Love when the good ole chest thumping “AL East” card gets thrown out there. Like the pitching in that division is better than others.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      The AL East is the division that Wil Myers would play in, because that’s where the Rays play. No one was implying that the pitching in the AL East is better than anywhere else in MLB. The hitting? That’s a different story. But the pitching is defintely not the best. This year I think the Reds have the best starting pitching.

      Why not trying to add something instead of just being a jackass? P.S. be proud of those thumbs up – they mean soooo much here.

  8. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    connormyboy molina is playing weel this seson so shut up

  9. connormyboy - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Hey arod then why does Molina have one of the worst throwing percents of runners stealing second base and is at the top of the league in pass balls. Go have some steroids with your hero on the Yankees dickbag

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