Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/18/13
The Tampa Bay Rays paid the high cost to acquire Wil Myers from the Kansas City Royals with the expectation that he will play for them for a long time. But as Myers made his first visit to Tropicana Field during the recent winter development camp, the more pressing question was: When will Myers get to start playing for them? "I don't know the answer to that," executive VP Andrew Friedman said. For a number of reasons, Myers is expected to open the season with Triple-A Durham. From the baseball side, there's the fact that he's only 21 and has less than a full season above Double-A. From the business side, there are benefits in terms of arbitration and free agency to delay starting his clock. And Myers, who coincidentally grew up in North Carolina, is realistic, if not accepting. "I understand the business, I understand the whole aspect of that, and if I go to Durham it won't be a bad thing," Myers said. "I have a lot of friends and family there." Myers, who thought he might have been line for a promotion last summer in Kansas City, understands there is only so much he can control. "I just want to go out and do my job and just try to get better every day," he said. Myers, who is not yet required to be on the 40-man roster, will be an invitee to big-league camp, giving him a chance to show his stuff to coaches and executives. His primary focus will be working on his defense, having been moved from behind the plate to right field to center with the Royals. Eventually, Myers knows, he will be back at the Trop to play. And stay. "It's every person's dream to be in the major leagues," Myers said. "So, obviously, that's my goal. Every ballplayer has confidence that they're ready for the major-league level, but that's not my decision. That's for the front office. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Seahawks players feel Sherman bombshell story ‘nailed it’

Turkey: Kanter a member of terrorist group, issues warrant

Chad Johnson says Roger Goodell consulted him on touchdown celebration rule change

Kevin Durant is not to blame for the NBA’s lack of parity, and he knows it

Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Warriors’ Mike Brown: Steve Kerr may be back for the Finals

Dodgers transfer Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir to the 60-day disabled list

Looking back at 40 years of women racing in the Indianapolis 500

U.S. national soccer teams to wear LGBT-themed jerseys to celebrate pride month

Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater still has ‘long ways to go’

Report: Clippers concerned about Chris Paul leaving to sign with Spurs

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker