ST. PETERSBURG — Top prospect Wil Myers' chance to make the Rays' opening day roster still seems unlikely, but the multi-talented outfielder at least will have the opportunity to show his skills as he was one of seven minor-leaguers invited Monday to major-league camp.
Myers, 22, was the centerpiece of the trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City and was recently ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by both Baseball America and mlb.com.
Also invited: first baseman/DH Leslie Anderson (a 30-year-old Cuban who hit .309 at Triple A with 14 homers), infielder Cole Figueroa and pitchers Matt Nevarez, Jim Paduch, Jim Patterson, Neil Schenk.
The seven additions push the camp roster to 64, largest under the Andrew Friedman/Joe Maddon regime. And it is likely to grow as free-agent signees Kyle Farnsworth, infielder Kelly Johnson and DH Luke Scott still have to be added, and the possibility the players taken off the 40-man roster to make room remain in the organization.
The Rays open spring training next week, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Port Charlotte on Feb. 12. For the full spring roster, see tampabay.com/blogs/rays.
Around the majors
A'S-ASTROS TRADE: Oakland acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from Houston for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor-leaguers, right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.
A-ROD SAGA: Yankees captain Derek Jeter will withhold comment until Alex Rodriguez addresses his latest controversy. Rodriguez reportedly bought performance-enhancing drugs from a Miami-area lab.
WEBB RETIRES: Right-hander Brandon Webb, who won the 2006 NL Cy Young Award but hasn't pitched since 2009 because of shoulder injuries, has decided to retire. Webb, 33, went 87-62 with a 3.27 ERA in six-plus seasons.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.