This dance has only begun. It will be more tango than waltz, more salsa than slow step. It will be a tease that tickles the imagination, seducing hearts and minds of seamheads on both sides of the bay.

Let's be frank: It's not a matter of "if." It's a question of the juicy "when."

When will Wil Myers, the jewel of the Tampa Bay Rays' haul in a six-player December trade with the Kansas City Royals, make his major-league debut? When will Myers, the 22-year-old comet whom scouts have likened to former two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy, be scribbled into manager Joe Maddon's lineup? When will Myers, the outfield prospect who cracked 37 home runs with a .314 average and a .387 on-base percentage last season to become a poker chip for his former franchise, dig into Tropicana Field's batter's box for the first time?

When will his wait be over?

Be prepared to kick your heels a little longer. The Thomasville, N.C., native said all the right things at the Rays' Winter Development Camp on Jan. 15 in St. Petersburg, Fla., part of a first visit to his future digs.

He talked about how his progression is a front-office decision. (He has taken cuts at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of Class AAA Durham, located about 75 miles from his home.) He talked about how he understood the trade is part of baseball business. He talked about how each player's dream is to make the major leagues, and that's where he soon envisions himself to be.