Tampa Bay Deals Away James Shields & Wade Davis

In huge news for the AL East the “on paper” favourite for the division title has weakened there rotation but picked up one heck of a prospect, as per MLB trade rumours:

The Royals have bolstered their starting rotation for 2013 thanks to the addition of two quality pitchers. Kansas City has agreed to acquire James Shields and Wade Davis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wil Myers and a series of prospects, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The deal may not be complete as additional players could end up in the final exchange between the two teams, suggests Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Big loss to the rotation for the 2013 season with the loss of James Shields, which is all that Blue Jays nation cares about at this time but Wil Myers has the chance to be a game changer in the outfield.  He is coming off one of the better minor league seasons in 2012 cracking 37 HRs and slashing 314/387/600. 

Stay tuned for the full details of the trade as they are released.

UPDATE: 11:23pm – Tampa Bay trades James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard.

Honestly, this is quite a haul for Tampa Bay and this could look very lopsided in 2-3 years.  Some respected pundits are already calling this an idiotic trade for Kansas City (Rob Neyer for one).  This was probably a tad too much to give up for one starting pitcher and the price of poker (for any other half decent starter) definitely just went up.


3 Responses to “Tampa Bay Deals Away James Shields & Wade Davis”

  1. 1 @ALEastbound December 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Yeah, sometimes prospects don’t really work out as we obviously know. Odorizzi has been decent but not lights out and when u look at Hosmer, Moose and Duffy maybe KC knows something we don’t. However at the time of the deal the value going to Tampa is superior. Myers for Shields should’ve sufficed or I would have passed.

  2. 2 budyzer13 December 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This deal is a head scratcher. Yes the royals are improving their rotation but they have sold the farm to do it. Wil Meyers is an outstanding player and as close to a can’t miss prospect as you can get. But for the royals to throw in 3 more of their top prospects for what amounts to Wade Davis a bullpen arm that failed as a starter is ludicrous. Maybe they are planning on giving Davis another shot as a starter ? It seems slightly lopsided right now but in 2-3 years its has the possibility of being laughable for the rays as all those prospects mature.

  3. 3 Wes Kepstro December 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Can you believe it? Andrew Friedman made a good move and Dayton Moore made a not-so-great move. Actually it’s not too bad for KC; it won’t help Moore keep his job, but it’s not bad when you get a horse the quality of Shields.

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