The Rays are getting calls about Wil Myers

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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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.