Urban Cohorts wrote:
In all seriousness, I still don't see how this benefits the Rays this year. Shields is a top MLB SP workhorse. The Rays rotation outside of Price is still questionable. Hellickson posts numbers that aren't even remotely sustainable if you look at his peripherals. Moore, Archer, and Odorizzi all have talent, but none of them have posted stellar seasons. There is no guarantee that any of those guys will come close performing like Shields did over the last couple of years.
And Myers has how many major league at bats? I don't get why everyone assumes he is going to be an immediate impact hitter. Plenty of *top* prospects get called up and take a few years to put everything together. What makes Myers the exception?
I think most teams would still be happy to have a rotation with Price, Hellickson, Moore, Niemann, Cobb, Archer and Odorizzi. They barely have any decent hitters. Their lineup consists of Longoria, Zobrist, Joyce, Jennings, Yunel and a bunch of scrub hitters. they needed to add offense and this move gives them a chance to add a FA hitter like Swisher and a potential middle of the order bat in Myers. Of course Myers could disappoint but this brings me to the bigger picture.
The Rays aren't only playing for 2013. They are a financially constrained team with limited resources. shields was going to be traded this year or next. And they had the 18th best offense last year before they lost Upton. they needed to find a way to strengthen their offense using the one extra resource that they have (starting pitching).