Rays give up quickly on Myers, prefer prospects

by Gary Shelton on December 17, 2014 · 7 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Wednesday, 7:16 p.m.

At first glance, no team should have wanted a Wil Myers more than the Tampa Bay Rays.

He's young. He's cheap. He's talented. He's charismatic. He's a rare hitter in an organization that doesn't know a lot about hitting. He has a lot more tomorrows than yesterdays.

Myers? Why, the Rays should want three or four of them. More, maybe. They should collect Wil Myers like a card dealer collects bobble-heads. They should fill the dugout with Wil Myers, all of whom would promptly say “Duuuude.''

And, yet, the Rays have shipped him away.

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Gene Armentrout December 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Maybe Maddon’s philosophy of treating his players like responsible men and expecting them to approach their lives and baseball that way actually failed Myers.

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Gary Shelton December 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

At some point, Gene, a guy has to take responsibility for his own career. A manager isn’t a babysitter.

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Gene Armentrout December 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

You know what I think of Myers from last year’s e mails when you were still with the Times. good riddance to an immature, fundamentally unsound so-called baseball player. And double congrats to the Rays for getting anything for him.

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Barry McDowell December 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Unless a couple of the new guys turn out to be studs, I think we can safely say that the Shields/Davis trade was a huge dud for the Rays. Of course, maybe Odorizzi will win 20 games some year (hopefully for the Rays!).

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Gary Shelton December 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

They were going to have to get rid of Shields anyway, because of budget. Davis actually had the better year last year.

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Clifford Wolf December 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Interesting analysis/evaluation. Don’t know why Longo, Maddon, or even Zobrist (a guy Myers seemed to sit with during games) couldn’t impress upon him the work ethic. Trouble with some guys is they always excelled at every level with their natural talent, so he probably needed to grow/mature. I would have given him another year too, but mayne the post-season discussions with Maddon indicated he’s not the type to take this seriously. Shame. Wasted talent.

Good story. Thanks. Cliff Wolf

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Gary Shelton December 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

I’ll be interested to see where his career goes from here.

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