Found December 10, 2012 on
The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Dodgers
by John Viril—
Right now, I cannot comprehend why I am a Royals fan. Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. Perhaps I somehow offended the Baseball Gods in an earlier life. Or maybe the entire structure of reality would come unhinged if this team made a good decision.
All of the above scenarios make a lot more sense than the trade the Kansas City Royals made today.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about it. But, here are the gory details: the Royals trade OF Wil Myers (Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year), P Jake Ordorizzi and P Mike Montgomery and 3B Sean Leonard for P James Shields, P Wade Davis and a PTNL.
That must be one heck of a player. But, somehow I don’t think its going to be Evan Longoria. I think, however, that’s exactly what the Royals just traded away.
Why is this trade so stupid? Because the Royals just gave up one of the true blue-chip prospects in the game for 1) a 31-year-old starting pitcher (Shields) with a career ERA+ slightly above average with on...
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In the wake of the Kansas City and Tampa Bay trade from Sunday night, many have speculated upon — and Jeff Sullivan has considered with something not unlike aplomb — how Wade Davis might perform in his return to the starting roation (i.e. the role he’s likely to assume with the Royals). As Sullivan notes, Davis was a not particularly excellent starter from 2009 to 2011. Then...
The Kansas City Royals acquired former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday night for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects.
Kansas City has been working all offseason to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years, re-signing Jeremy Guthrie and acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles...
KANSAS CITY, MO (December 9, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals tonight acquired right-handed starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
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:...
The Royals' blockbuster trade with Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis shows that they're ready to start mortgaging their future to win in the present, something that hasn't happened around Kansas City for years.
To do it, the Royals gave up outfielder Wil Myers, widely regarded as the top prospect in the minor leagues, and right-hander Jake Odorizzi, considered...
It’s no secret that I don’t think the Kansas City Royals made a very good trade last night. In my view, the price was just too high, and the Royals weren’t in a position where their team needed to give up that kind of future value to improve their chances of winning in 2013. Reasonable folks can disagree, of course. There’s a case to be made that the Royals are closer...
Depending who you listen to, the Kansas City Royals have either: a) made the necessary move to push themselves closer to contention, or b) Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman has once again outsmarted the baseball world. Late Sunday evening, it was announced by Ken Rosenthal that the Tampa Bay Rays had dealt former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis to the Kansas...
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzes all baseball — and, in particular, the part of baseball concerning the James Shields-for-Wil Myers (etc.) trade. Also: the Dodgers. Also-also: how the guest refuses to read the host’s work even once.
Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter.
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Kansas City gets starter Shields, Wade Davis in return for
prospects headlined by Myers.
I was joined by former Kansas City Royals outfielder and current host on 810 WHB, Les Norman.
Les and I discussed the wild spending this winter, the value of hitting coaches and the Mets potentially trading R.A. Dickey. Hear his thoughts on whether prospects like Wil Myers and Mike Olt are overrated, and the importance of mental makeup in a ballplayer.
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The Royals made a bold move late Sunday night when they sent top prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.
Check out how Myers and others reacted to the news on Twitter.
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay manager
HATE..HATE to lose James and Wade. But this who we are. This is how we have to operate...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. For a stretch, Jake Odorizzi kept the snapshot in his mind: One day, if the stars were aligned, he'd become the Royals' main man, the stopper, the crown jewel of the giant crown along I-70. Instead, he'll go down in Kansas City history as the man traded for one ace, then traded two years later for another.
History's funny like that.