Wil Myers burst onto the major league scene last June in Tampa, stealing the AL Rookie of the Year award away from Jose Iglesias and Myers’ teammate Chris Archer. Myers, 23, looks to be a star in the making which means for the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s time to lock him up long-term already.
The Rays have had a ton of success locking up young players before they break out to extremely team-friendly contracts. The best example of this is when Rays GM Andrew Friedman locked up Evan Longoria to a six-year contract worth $17 million just two weeks into his big league career back in ‘08. The contract was basically agreed upon before Longoria even arrived in the big leagues according to ESPN.
Friedman also locked up Matt Moore long-term right after his first month in the big leagues, just another example of a contract that looks like a major bargain for the Rays. An extension for Wil Myers along the same line of Longoria and Moore would make a lot of sense for both sides. Myers would get financial security for life while the Rays would get to keep another young star on the cheap.
Friedman knows what he is doing, so I would be surprised if he didn’t approach Myers’ camp about a long-term deal relatively soon, perhaps after the season at the latest.
The Rays have control of Myers for the next six seasons, so an extension for six or seven years plus a couple of club options could make a lot of sense. This is definitely something to keep an eye on.