FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal adds that the Rays will receive Wil Myers and a package of prospects in return. The deal still isn't finalized, but it looks like the Royals will finally get the front-line starter they've been looking for this offseason, and Myers is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball. A source tells ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the trade has the potential to be even bigger, and Shields, Davis and Myers aren't only names involved.
an aging pitcher to a team going nowhere for one of the best prospects in baseball? very odd.
Team Izzy C Mauer 1 E5 2 Cano 3 ARam S Rollins CI LaRoche MI Altuve O Melky, Pagan, Morse, Hunter, Ruggiano SP Lee, Fister, Estrada, McCarthy, Lohse RP Chapman, Jansen, Frieri, Fujikawa Bench 1 Hart S Cabrera O Eaton U Ortiz P Marcum P Miller P Fernandez
Am I missing something about this trade and more specifically how good of a pitcher James Shields is? I think its a solid trade for both sides. I really like Shields/Davis to lead a weak KC rotation and the Rays get a young OF that could start contributing solid numbers immediately to their major league roster, not to mention a few other good young players.
KC got Shields and Davis. But even with those guys, are they in contention? I don't see that happening unless some of their hitters breakout in a major way (Hosmer, Moustakas). And as mentioned above, why not move Myers for Dickey? I'm sure the Mets would have done that...
And the Rays trade an above average, reliable, innings eater for prospects. The prospects are good but none of them look major league ready. Why make this move when the AL East is wide open to everyone but Boston? Worst case scenario for the Rays is they are out of contention and Shields gets moved at the All-Star break for similar prospects (barring injury of course).
I don't see anyone but James Shields benefiting from this. How much of a bump fantasy wise does Shields get? He leaves the tough AL East and gets a lot more games in the pathetic mess that is the AL Central.
Urban Cohorts wrote:I don't see anyone but James Shields benefiting from this. How much of a bump fantasy wise does Shields get? He leaves the tough AL East and gets a lot more games in the pathetic mess that is the AL Central.
Shields doesn't actually benefit from this. Shields' fantasy baseball owners do, but there's no way I would rather pitch for the Royals than the Rays, regardless of the benefit it would have on the numbers.