Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/10/12
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 City Royals for prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. Much will be written and more will be said about Sunday night’s blockbuster. Like any deal involving highly touted prospects, the answers will not truly be known for years to come. I seem to be one of the few that believe it should benefit both teams. Royals Get Ace They Desperately Needed The centerpiece of the deal is James Shields. Shields, however, represents two very different things to these teams. As talented a pitcher as Shields is, he won’t fit the Rays’ model of using young talented arms for much longer. To
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