Found December 10, 2012 on
Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays
The blockbuster winter continues.
Less than one month after the whopping trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins, two more teams shook the baseball landscape Sunday night. Shortly after 11 p.m. ET, the Kansas City Royals announced a seven-player deal that could make them immediate American League Central contenders -- at the expense of their future.
The Royals acquired right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash from the Tampa Bay Rays, in return for super prospect Wil Myers, young starting pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery, and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
It was a desperate move for the Royals, but understandably so, given that the franchise has endured nine straight losing seasons. Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore has been on the job for more than six years, and this trade likely will define his tenure with the team for better or worse.
With Shields, a 200-inning stalwart for the past six seasons, the Royals can argue that their rotation will give them a chance in the AL Central against the heavyweight Detroit Tigers. Detroit's staff is headlined by Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister. Kansas City can counter with Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana -- all of whom were acquired (or, in Guthrie's case, retained) this offseason.
Davis' role will be one of the most-talked-about aspects of the trade. The Royals plan for him to be part of their rotation, likely in one of the final two spots with Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Luis Mendoza or Felipe Paulino. But Kansas City paid a starter price for someone Tampa Bay viewed most recently as a reliever; Davis made all 54 of this year's appearances as a reliever, compiling a 2.43 ERA -- a significant improvement from his 4.45 mark as a starter in 2011.
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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...
In case you missed it, the Rays just traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for Wil Meyers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. Just so were clear, Meyers was the Royals (and maybe baseball’s) best prospect and Montgomery and Odorizzi were arguably their best pitching prospects.
I’ll be honest, I feel lime I’m missing something here. The Rays just...
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...
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.
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Very Assorted Headlines
2. Largely Unhelpful Video: Cubs Prospect Nelson Perez, Homering
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League
Very Assorted Headlines
Detroit Signs Catcher Brayan Pena
The American League champion Detroit Tigers signed catcher Brayan Pena on Monday to a one-year deal...
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...
Wil Myers takes his talents to the Grapefruit State. Photo by Minda Haas.
Two small market clubs made a big hot stove splash when the Royals acquired James Shields from the Rays. Wade Davis will join James Shields in Kansas City, while Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard will go to Tampa, along with top prospect Wil Myers.
Shields and Davis are the only two locks...
The Royals continued adding to their rotation last night, acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis from the Rays.
It cost them the game’s top prospect, outfielder Wil Myers, and three others: right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
It would have taken Jon Niese and Zack Wheeler for the Mets to obtain a similar package to...
The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays made a big trade tonight, with Kansas City acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis in exchange for top prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. That’s a pretty big return in prospects, with Myers being one of the top prospects in the game. A lot of the reactions I saw said the Rays clearly won this deal...
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.
Was the Royals` strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?