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Royals willing to include top prospect Wil Myers in trade for a frontline starting pitcher

Nov 23, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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After trading for Ervin Santana and re-signing Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals are determined to add a frontline starting pitcher in order to give some legitimacy to their rotation. And they are willing to go to great lengths in order to accomplish their goal.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals have dangled top prospect outfielder Wil Myers in trade talks. In fact, pretty much anyone outside of Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar, who have team-friendly contracts, can be had for the right pitcher.

From veterans like designated hitter Billy Butler to left fielder Alex Gordon to youngsters like first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas, the Royals aren’t limiting themselves in their search for a pitcher. Butler and Gordon come with track records of production – and contracts to match. Butler is owed $16 million over the next two years, with a $12.5 million club option in 2015. Gordon will make $31.5 million through ’15 and has a player option at $12.5 million for 2016.

Passan hears that the Royals have discussed deals with the Rays, Diamondbacks, Mariners and Athletics. While they “covet” Rays right-hander James Shields, they are hesitant to trade for him because he only has two years left on his contract and has logged the second-most regular season innings over the past two seasons.

Myers, who turns 22 next month, batted .314/.387/.600 with 37 home runs, 109 RBI and a .987 OPS in 134 games this season between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. Baseball America named him as their minor league player of the year.

  1. tigers182 - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    While Sheilds is a quality starter, there’s no way arguably the best prospect on the game should be involved in a trade for him.

  2. gammagammahey - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Does R.A. Dickey with a window to negotiate an extension + Wilmer Flores plus anyone else in the Mets’ system get this deal done? If so, please?

    • kcrobert10 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      No not for me.

      • kcrobert10 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        The return for him needs to be a frontline starting pitcher a stud no 1 otherwise what’s the point as a Royals fan. Seriously guys we have watched lossing season after lossing season this deal needs to be good or we could be in for another long decade.

      • bigmeechy74 - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        I was gonna give you a thumbs up on the comment below but I just couldn’t get past the way you spelled losing

    • dondada10 - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      I would love to trade the Dickster for Meyers. I think KC should aim for a King Felix or so with him, though.

      • mathieug79 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        just putting her out there. Myers and Buttler + …for King Felix. not sure what are the contracts for the king or even buttler but this would seem to help both club fill some holes!

    • richyballgame - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Well,R.A. Dickey is the most intriguing person on the trade market,I believe it could definitely happen. While Dickey is 38,people are often forgetting that Knuckleballers typically pitch well into their 40s,and RA is the guy you go to every 5th day for a W. I love him to death,and feel that people are wrong for doubting this idea. Either that,or Jon Neise could be what the Royals are looking for.

      • bigmeechy74 - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        It’s incredible how baseball fans on these sites don’t understand player values. The idea of the royals entertaining a trade idea involving dickey or jon niese is absolutely comical.

    • loweend56 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      A knuckle baller thats 38 thats moved to the AL and you give up your #1 prospect and get a position player that will be block that you have to trade again? recipe to get fired once the deal get done…

    • royalseamhead - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      a 38 yr old pitcher for a 23 yr old top prospect ? i think the proper response is not a snowballs chance………. Regardless of who the throw ins are DM would not trade a prospect for a 38 yr old starter. I would like King Felix although the price would be very high so I do not see that trade happening either. Billy Butler is a silver slugger award winner, arguably one of the best hitting right handers in baseball and entering his prime hitting years I would trade him to seattle for Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor or Danny Hultzen and James Paxton

    • geoknows - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      I see that ludicrous trade ideas originating in New York aren’t limited to Yankees fans.

  3. kcrobert10 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Dayton Moore should be fired if he trades will myers for shields. If they want prospects for him I’m sure we could reach some sort of deal but it shouldn’t be myers, moose, hosmer, or Gordon.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      You have to give up quality to get quality in return.

      • kcrobert10 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        I agree but the best hitting prospect for a pitcher who is really a no 2 is not a good deal.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        Shields is a proven player while a prospect no matter how highly regarded are is not. I get you don’t want to lose a guy who you’ve been waiting 3 or so years to arrive in the Bigs but with all the guys you don’t want them to move you’re not going to get as great a return for 2nd tier prospect. And Shields may only be a 2 but he’s a pretty damn good #2.

      • dan1111 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:01 AM

        Of course there is always risk, but Myer is nearly major league ready, had excellent minor league stats overall, and just had a monster season at AA/AAA. Very rarely does this track record not translate into a productive major league career.

        On the other hand, Shields has a 107 career ERA+. He is certainly solid, but with only two years left I think he is exactly the kind of guy you should be able to get with second tier prospects.

    • mathieug79 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      We’ll give you Adam Lind, 4M$, 1 top 10 prospect. for Hosmer, since we kinda need a 1B for the future. Or maybe Ricky Ro for Hosmer, both had down years the only thing is I dont see us giving up a SP. and im not even sure if this could work out for both teams.

  4. shorty98 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    My 1st comment…. 8years chief fan…. if they trade will myers…. i will no longer follow BASEBALL…. ESPECIALLY THE ROYALS…

    • dan1111 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:47 AM

      I sympathize with you, but why quit on the Royals now? Why not five years ago?

    • loweend56 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      you lost strips for being a Chiefs fan the last 8 years

  5. rca26 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    If the Rays can turn two years of James Shields into Wil Myers, Jonah Keri is going to have to write a sequel.

    • rca26 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Get yer pen out, Keri.

  6. prosourcetalk - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    If they could pry Brett Anderson from the A’s without giving up a ton, that would be pretty sweet

    • biasedhomer - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      So that he can pitch in 2 games and get injured and not come back for the rest of the season? And he is not what you would call cheap at $12M.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    another joke franchise like the bluejays

    • mathieug79 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      LOL SOX OR YANKS FAN!!!! take a look at your team first!!

  8. kvanhorn87 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    They can have Halliday or Lee and we will throw in Dom Brown and Ruff. All we want back is Myers and 3b

    • tuberippin - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      Halladay*, Ruf*.

  9. jhorton83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Considering their “ace” last year was Luke Hochevar, who wouldn’t even be a #5 rotation pitcher on most MLB teams, it’s hard to blame them for being a little desperate for starting pitching talent.

    • dan1111 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:56 AM

      Who, exactly, should be blamed for their lack of quality pitching? Moore has been running the team for 6+ years.

  10. malvord13 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Redsox should trade away Lester and elsbury for Myers. We need a good young player to build around. Middlebrooks and Myers are great corner stones to start a rebuilding team. Now is the perfect opportunity because they have hardly any salary because of the trade with LA. Trade for Justin upton and Myers. And brooks, Myers, and upton will be the face of the redsox organization for years to come.

    • kcrobert10 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      You know I wouldn’t be opposed to to badly to this move you get a centerfielder top of the order guy plus a no 2 pitcher not bad.

      • richyballgame - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Kcrobert10, ideally,the Mets make the most sense as a trading partner,due to their plethora of starting pitchers with bright futures ahead of them. Wil Meyers would fill the needs for a right handed,power hitting outfielder in a left handed heavy Mets line-up. Jon Neise,Wilmer Flores and Jeurys Familia would net Wil Meyers,and if you don’t believe that is enough,then they could possibly take Jenrry Mejia as well. Neise carries an extremely team friendly contract that holds him signed till 2016,with team options for 2017 and 2018. That translates to $46 million,including the options. The potential for Neise is there to develop into a successful starting pitcher.

  11. paperlions - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    The funny thing is that almost every team in MLB would take the stud position player over the stud pitcher simply because of pitcher injury risk. So….the Royals are looking to trade more-or-less laterally, while paying more for the player, and assuming greater injury risk. That is just bad baseball management.

    It isn’t like the Royals are loaded with offensive talent, last year they weren’t good at scoring runs or preventing them. This would just be a monumentally stupid move.

    • cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      I watched them play in person against the Yankees and the Red Sox and you couldn’t be more right, ‘lions. Their bogosity as fielders was epic. Add to that they gave up homers to good hitters: Ortiz mainly. Otherwise they pitched well. Their park allows the pitchers they do have to be better. Concentrating on hitting and fielding would be a good move for them to make the most of what their park gives them.

  12. sfm073 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Have the royals not learned anything from the rays or A’s? Tell me when was the last time either of those teams traded away their top prospect? Unless they can basically trade for a player with similar talent level, similar age and similar team controlled options this trade makes no sense.

  13. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I think Myers, moose and a b level pitching prospect would be a good deal for King Felix and Seager (spelling?). Ms get two corner stone type offensive players and give up pitching. Seager is an average at best player but could fill third base for the Royals.

  14. legacybroken - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    The Rays would rather sit on Shields for two years then trade him for B tier prospects.

  15. jeteribarelyknowher - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    You mean like when TB traded Delmon Young for Matt Garza? The #1 prospect in baseball…that kind of trade?

    • paperlions - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Garza was the Twins #1 prospect, not the #1 prospect in baseball, he was never close to being a top 10 prospect in all of baseball.

      • yahmule - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        He’s referring to Delmon Young as the number one prospect in baseball, which he arguably was in 2005, not in 2007 when that trade went down.

      • paperlions - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        Ooooooooooh. derp. My bad.

        Wasn’t Young traded after assaulting a minor league up and having a pretty crappy year in the majors? I guess there is a lesson there……if everyone thinks more highly of a player than the team that has him….they may know something no one else does.

  16. loweend56 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Although Will Myers shouldnt be the first option to trade the Royals would be silly not to listen to offers…Myers can bring a windfall to the Royals if the deal is done right. But the smart thing to do is shed some of that money like Gordon, Butler and Franceour…if i was Drayton i would trade Butler, Franceour, john Lamb, insert a catcher here to sweeten the deal w/ Brian Fletcher (just because he is a power hitter) pllus 5 mil in cash to the Rays for Hellickson, Wade Davis, Alex Colome and Brandon Guyver

  17. jkaflagg - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Myers needs to bring back a proven #1 starter, which leaves out everyone on the Tampa Bay staff except for Price….even then if such a guy is available (such as Mat Latos last year), Royals would need to toss in more to get him……

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