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The Tampa Bay Rays did what many people believed they would do for quite some time now in trading starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis for hitting, finally agreeing to a deal with the Kansas City Royals for top hitting prospect Wil Myers. While Shields and Davis can likely be inserted into the Royals’ starting pitching rotation right away, it was far too steep of a price to give up Myers.
The bottom line here is that the Royals got absolutely fleeced by the Rays.
Now, don’t start thinking this is anywhere along the lines of the trade between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals – unlike the Marlins – are at least trying to get better.
They just don’t know how to accomplish that.
This deal certainly isn’t going to get the job done. In fact, many will see this as a step backward, provided Myers turns out to be the power hitting pro that many envision.
The Rays have been pitching rich for years. Every time they lose a pitcher, another one steps up into his place and performs just as well – if not better – and the beat goes on with the Rays on the mound. It has been their lineup that has failed them in clutch situations.
Adding Myers could fix that issue going forward, as we are talking about a power hitter who has produced at every level thus far, and is labeled as a can’t miss hitter by almost every baseball source and scouting report on the planet. Add him into a lineup either behind or in front of a healthy Evan Longoria, and the Rays may just have one of the best 1-2 punches in the entire league.
Tampa Bay loses two more starting pitchers, but they may still not miss a beat, even during the upcoming 2013 MLB season.
Kansas City, however, may not be much improved at all, even next season with the addition of two new starting pitchers. Plus, once they depart via free agency, as nearly every Royals player does eventually, and once Myers is hitting 30 plus home runs a year in Tampa, the Royals will look back on this as yet another bad baseball move.
Some teams do well with player personnel. Others do not. That is another one of those very cases.
Tampa Bay adds what has been missing, while Kansas City continues to prove clueless in what it truly takes to contend, even in a mediocre division.
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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.
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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
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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.