Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Myers wins Players Choice top rookie award

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays outfielder Wil Myers garnered compliments and respect from players around the American League with his impressive debut performance this season.

He also earned their votes, named winner on Monday of the Players Choice Award as the AL's Outstanding Rookie.

"I'm honored to receive this award not only because it comes from the players but also because of the great players who have won it before me," Myers said. "I'm thankful to the Rays organization for their confidence in me."

Myers, called up in mid June, hit .293 with 13 homers, 53 RBIs and a .354 on-base percentage in 88 games.

Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, a Tampa Alonso High product, won the NL award.

Both Myers and Rays right-hander Chris Archer are likely to be named finalists tonight for the Baseball Writers' Association of America AL Rookie of the Year award, which will be announced Nov. 11.

Also:

• The Rays decided late Monday to decline a $2 million option for reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, who spent 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and will instead pay a $30,000 buyout.

• As of midnight, all 10 Rays free agents were eligible to sign elsewhere: pitchers Jesse Crain, Roberto Hernandez, Fernando Rodney, Jamey Wright and Oviedo; catcher Jose Molina; infielders Kelly Johnson and James Loney; and DHs Luke Scott and Delmon Young. The team did not make qualifying offers ($14.1 million for one year) to any to get draft-pick compensation.

• Outfielder Brandon Guyer and right-handers Alex Colome, Jeff Niemann, Crain and Oviedo were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, according to the mlb.com transactions page.

Around the majors

MORE HONORS: Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won his second straight player of the year award in players' voting.

FREE AGENCY: Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury were among several free agents to receive $14.1 million qualifying offers, which would allow their teams to receive compensatory draft picks at the end of the first round if they sign elsewhere. Also receiving offers were Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson and right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew, Cardinals rightfielder Carlos Beltran, Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and Braves catcher Brian McCann.

HALL OF FAME: Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month. Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin and Ted Simmons also were held over, and Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry were added. The vote will be announced Dec. 9.

A-ROD SAGA: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, the New York Times reported, an accusation Rodriguez's camp denied.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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