ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' 6-2 win over the Rangers on Monday guaranteed the club its sixth consecutive winning season. Only the Yankees (20) and Cardinals (six) can say the same.
Manager Joe Maddon was quick to deflect all of the credit, assigning much of it to Tampa Bay's front office, which continues to put together 90-win seasons with a limited payroll.
"Roll back the tape to when we first arrived and who would have thunk it?" Maddon wondered. "I think it puts us up there among the better franchises in baseball in our recent past, so don't underestimate the significance of that. I think it's spectacular, and it speaks to the organization. To be able to have that much success for that long, you have to have good people at the top or you can't survive."
Rays to call up '08 top pick Beckham; Guzman added
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham will finally be arriving to The Show, as the Rays announced that the No. 1 pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft would be called up on Wednesday.
Beckham's news came on the same night the Rays selected the contract of outfielder Freddy Guzman, which was announced prior to Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Rangers. He was added to the active roster prompting a corresponding move that saw outfielder Brandon Guyer moved to the 60-day disabled list.
In addition, the Rays are expected to recall right-hander Jake Odorizzi -- ranked by MLB.com as the Rays' No. 2 prospect -- on Friday.
Beckham, ranked No. 16, won't likely be a major contributor in the final 12 games of the season, but he could help with the infield depth and overall team speed.
Guzman has been on a Minor League contract with Tampa Bay since Aug. 30. He has not played in a Major League game since 2009 with the Yankees. Coincidentally, the last game he played in came at Tropicana Field (Oct. 4, 2009).
Guzman has been playing in the Triple-A Mexican League since 2011. He has totaled 587 stolen bases in his 11-year Minor League career, including 73 in 99 games for Ciudad Del Carmen of the Mexican League this year.
"When they signed me, they told me they need me on the big league club as a pinch-runner," Guzman said. "They need my speed. ... I feel very excited."
Myers focused on playoffs, not Rookie of Year
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have won two of the last five American League Rookie of the Year Awards, and many in the organization believe a third is on its way.
Outfielder Wil Myers leads AL rookies in home runs (13) and RBIs (49). If he remains in possession of those titles, he will become the first player to lead AL rookies in those categories while playing in fewer than 90 games.
Myers' singular focus remains on winning games rather than personal accolades.
"The biggest thing on my mind is making the playoffs," he said. "I want to help us get there. [Winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award] is in the back of my mind, but the most important thing is winning for the team."
Third baseman Evan Longoria, who won the award in 2008, feels his teammate is deserving of the honor, considering he leads the team in runs scored, hits, doubles and RBIs since his June 18 promotion.
"The measure of that award, much like all of the major awards, is how much he's helped his team win and what sort of impact he has had," Longoria said. "It's immeasurable at this point. He has provided us with a ton of offense and gave us a much-needed lift when he came up."
Myers said if he does not win the award, it should go to teammate Chris Archer, who is 9-7 with a 3.03 ERA in 20 starts this season.
Archer returned the compliment.
"I don't know if there is a way to have co-Rookies of the Year, but that would be awesome," Archer said. "If I don't get it, I want Wil to get it, because he's a friend of mine. He's more than a teammate. I've seen the work he has put in and his development. He's very deserving. I'm not all about accolades and getting recognition. It would be cool to get it, but if Wil gets it, I'm going to be completely stoked for him."
Montgomery to remain affiliate of Rays through 2018
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will play an exhibition game against their Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, in Montgomery, Ala., on March 29, the club announced Tuesday.
The game at Riverwalk Stadium will mark the first time in more than 25 years a Major League team has played in Alabama.
"I'm looking forward to it," manager Joe Maddon said. "I know how much it means to individual markets. I think it's great. It's not a big deal for us. There is no negative about it. There's only positive, and that's the inclusion where both groups get to come together."
In conjunction with the announcement, the Biscuits also revealed they will remain associated with Tampa Bay through the 2018 season.
The relationship has been in place since 2004 and has seen 46 players advance to the Major Leagues in that time, including David Price, Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings.
"We're proud to continue our decade-long relationship with the Biscuits," Rays president Matt Silverman said in a statement. "We're grateful for the positive experiences they have created for our young players and the manner in which they have represented our organization. It's exciting for us to bring Rays baseball directly to Biscuits fans."