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The Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays completed a huge swap of talent late on Sunday night, with the Rays sending starting pitcher James Shields, reliever (or potential starter) Wade Davis, and a player to be named later to the Royals for four prospects: Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. The motive for the trade seems obvious for the Royals: they need starting pitching, and they want it NOW. But in acquiring Shields and Davis, the Royals completely mortgaged their future by dealing Myers, the 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, and Odorizzi, arguably the top pitching prospect in their organization. The additions of Montgomery, once an elite prospect, and Leonard, who had an .833 OPS as a 19-year old in rookie ball, are just cherries on top for the Rays. The Royals needed pitching, and in Shields, they get a guy who will be 31 this month that is under contract for just two more seasons at $10.25 million in 2013 and $12 million in 2014 (vi...
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