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.