KANSAS CITY, Mo. The minute the Royals' trade for James Shields and Wade Davis was announced, a wave of Royals fans, sports talk-show hosts, and bloggers reacted swiftly and harshly.
Their anger was directed at Royals general manager Dayton Moore for allegedly selling out the future because he gave up prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard and Mike Montgomery.
That anger, of course, stemmed from the belief that the Royals' minor-league system was now depleted, and simply a vast wasteland of mediocrity.
That's hardly the case, said J.J. Picollo, Royals assistant general manager of scouting and player development.
I was just as shocked as anyone by the reaction on the radio, Picollo told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. You'd have thought we had given away our last four prospects. I can assure you that our pipeline is still full.
That's the way the game works. You have to use your farm system to plug holes on your big-league club. You have prospects for two reasons to get...