The Rays are getting calls about Wil Myers


It’s believed that the Rays are most likely to trade Matt Joyce this offseason as he goes into his final year of arbitration, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that they have received calls from “about a half-dozen teams” regarding the availability of Wil Myers. Who wouldn’t want a promising, cost-controlled bat?

After winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013, Myers was limited to 87 games this past season due to a wrist injury and batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs. The Rays may be selling low if they traded him right now, but Topkin opines that “they could be tempted to deal him if the package — whether it’s one top young player or a package of several — was worthwhile.”

Myers turns 24 today and is under team control through 2019, so even coming off a disappointing season, it would take a huge return for the Rays to even consider the possibility of a trade. Crazier things have happened, but we can probably put this one in the extremely unlikely file.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.