Former Reds general manager and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden got Rays fans excited this weekend when he sent out a message on Twitter suggesting Wil Myers will be called up soon…
“Rays getting closer to recalling Will Myers should happen within next 10 days”
There are a few reasons to take this with a grain of salt. But he also may be right.
First, the Rays do have people in the media to which they feed information. Bowden has never been in that very tight circle.
And why would the Rays feed this information at all? The Rays don’t do anything unless there is a benefit to the franchise. And there is no benefit to telling everybody that Myers “should” be in a Rays uniform in a week or so.
So why would Bowden send out that Tweet if he wasn’t sure? It is an educated guess.
We are nearing that point on the calendar when it is OK for teams to call up top prospects and still save a year on the players’ arbitration clocks. And it so happens that Myers is red-hot right now.
The Rays are also hitting well. And while that might suggest they don’t need Myers. This might actually be a good time to call him up since there won’t be any pressure to “save” the team.
Then again, there may not be anything in Bowden’s tweet that is not true. Every day that passes we are technically a day closer to his promotion. And it is possible that “should happen” is just Bowden’s opinion. In other words, maybe he is saying the Rays “should” call up Myers because he is hitting well and because of the arbitration clock.
And maybe they will. But that doesn’t mean that Bowden has any insider information.
The argument against calling up Myers is that there isn’t anywhere for him to play. That seems silly. If the Rays think Myers is a better option and is ready, then you find a place for him to play.
Of course, whether or not Myers is a better option is another debate.