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Modest Proposal
April 01, 2013
Tampa Bay will have 22-year-old outfielder Wil Myers—acquired from Kansas City for James Shields in December—start the season at Triple A, in large part to delay his service-time clock so he reaches free agency a year later. This is a mistake. The Rays are cofavorites to win the AL East, and to maximize their upside they have to put their best team on the field on April 2 rather than worry about the 2019 season. An everyday lineup that includes first baseman James Loney, DH Luke Scott, centerfielder Desmond Jennings and catcher Jose Molina needs all the offense it can get. Myers hit 37 homers and slugged .600 at Double and Triple A last year; he'd bring needed power to a team that was 11th in the American League in runs scored and 11th in slugging in 2012, when it fell short of the postseason. Whether it means benching Scott or Loney or Kelly Johnson—überversatile Ben Zobrist can slide over to second base—Myers has to be in the middle of the lineup 150 times for the Rays to beat out the Blue Jays.
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April 01, 2013

Modest Proposal

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Tampa Bay will have 22-year-old outfielder Wil Myers—acquired from Kansas City for James Shields in December—start the season at Triple A, in large part to delay his service-time clock so he reaches free agency a year later. This is a mistake. The Rays are cofavorites to win the AL East, and to maximize their upside they have to put their best team on the field on April 2 rather than worry about the 2019 season. An everyday lineup that includes first baseman James Loney, DH Luke Scott, centerfielder Desmond Jennings and catcher Jose Molina needs all the offense it can get. Myers hit 37 homers and slugged .600 at Double and Triple A last year; he'd bring needed power to a team that was 11th in the American League in runs scored and 11th in slugging in 2012, when it fell short of the postseason. Whether it means benching Scott or Loney or Kelly Johnson—überversatile Ben Zobrist can slide over to second base—Myers has to be in the middle of the lineup 150 times for the Rays to beat out the Blue Jays.

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