Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays’ offense is in real trouble. Should the Rays call up Wil Myers now?

There are a lot of factors in play here. First and foremost is unfortunately service time, something that most teams worry about with their best prospects. The Rays have already passed the date which will push his free agency back to 2020 instead of 2019. The next date will impact how much Myers will make in 2016. If he comes up now, he will be eligible for arbitration in 2016. If the Rays wait until late-May or early June (exact date varies each year), Myers will make the league minimum (~$500,000) in 2016 and won’t be arbitration eligible until 2017. So waiting will save the Rays $3-6 million depending on how well he plays. There is also the idea of whether or not Myers is ready. The Rays always say that the needs of the prospect outweighs the needs of the team. So far he is 10-34 in just 9 triple-A games. Certainly he is better than what is up in the big leagues. But is he ready? I don’t know. Finally, there is the brutal schedule the Rays are facing right now (20 of 26 on the road). Maybe the Rays call him up for the 6-game homestand starting on Friday. Or they wait until after the next 10-game roadtrip. But by that time it is already May 6th. And if you are going to wait that long, you might as well wait a couple of more weeks for the arbitration. Of course, if the Rays feel they can sign Myers to a long-term extension in the next week or two, this all changes…IF HE IS NOT UP ON FRIDAY, HE WON’T BE UP UNTIL END OF MAY

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, RF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Matt Joyce, LF
  5. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Kelly Johnson, DH
  10. Jeremy Hellickson, SP




  1. Gus says:

    The better question may be what are they doing at SS. Escobar has been awful since day 1 of spring training. He is batting .100 and iss worse than that in the field. How long do you go before (a) moving Zobrist back to SS and calling up an OF (could be Guyer, based on performance so far) or (b) calling Lee up (he's played well, not sure he's ready defensively).

    I was chided in this space for being negative on them coming into the season; but I saw them play listlessly in the end of spring training and making very cynical roster moves. It has cost them. Time to make a move.

  2. Chris says:

    Is it fair to point at that Myers ranks 7th in wOBA among Bulls position players?

  3. Lane Meyer says:

    They own Escobar at too high a salary to bench him now. They need someone to work with him on his swing and we know Shelton can't do it. Time to bring in McGrifff or Boggs as a special hitting instructor.

    • Gus says:

      His salary is a sunk cost. Every continued futile at bat is an opportunity cost for the team. Most organizations in all sports bench people who don't perform. Rays are one of the few teams where your salary determines your playing time. A joke when it applied to Percival and Burrell, and a joke here if Escobar continues to kill them. Sit him down for a few games, let him find himself, then let him earn his way into the lineup. That is how the world works. But Zobrist has to be back at SS immediately. I'll take Guyer in the OF if Myers call-up isn't permitted by the beancounters.

      Year after year, the Rays are the same story. Getting hard to watch. Would be nice if you felt they were actually winning some games.

      Was it all Gerry Hunsicker?

      • Christopher says:

        You know what I'm sick of hearing? How brilliant the front office is. They can assemble a bullpen, & they're in the top 3rd, but they are NOT in the top 3. How many more Escobars, Scotts, Burrells et als do we need? How many more mediocre 1st round picks? You can't have the #1 pick & botch it that badly (Beckham over Posey), & you can't have Josh Hamilton on your roster & get ZERO for him. Please put your g*&^%damn #'s away, & go look at how some dudes PLAY BASEBALL, i.e., scout a little...

  4. Dave L says:

    Seriously Friday? End of May? No possible chance

    Bring up the power hitting prospect who just got promoted from the PCL to the International League and has zero home runs against AAA pitching?

    AAA pitching is just a notch below MLB. Ok maybe 13 notches

    Myers had almost zero chance of making the Royals 2013 outfield.

    Thats why they traded him.

    He isnt lighting up AAA. Just be patient.

    There is a zero percent chance they bring him up before they get the fourth year of arbitration mid to late June.

    Case closed.

    Move on to Guyer, Leslie, my boy Gimmy. Forget about Myers


    God give me strength


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