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The Royals trade Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis

Dec 9, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

UPDATE: Yes, this is much bigger. The Royals have made an official announcement:

My first take was that this was a “big, big gamble.” Now that we know we know that the Royals have thrown in Jake Odorizzi, it goes from “gamble” to “malpractice.”

Odorizzi pitched two games in Kansas City in 2012, but his work on the farm has been quite nice. In 145 total innings across Double and Triple-A in 2012, Odorizzi posted a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio. And he’s just 22.

To sum up: the Royals gave up a top slugging prospect and a guy who figures to be a number three starter — each of whom are under team control for six years — for a veteran starter who is under team control for two years max, and a swingman who, one would assume, the Royals want to start again.

I think it’s quite possible that this trade makes the Royals better in the short term and, likewise, may make the Rays worse in the short term. But it’s not going to make the Royals good enough to seriously contend in that short term and really kills them in the long term.

Not liking this deal from the Royals perspective. Not liking it at all.

11:12 PM: This is just breaking and we don’t have all the details yet, but Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for outfield prospect Wil Myers.  Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, however, is reporting that there is more to this deal than just those three players and it may involve several more players.

Not that it isn’t large already. Any trade involving Myers, who is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, is a big deal. Myers, who turns 22 on Monday, hit .314/.387/.600 with 37 homers and 109 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last season. He strikes out a lot, but is one of the stronger power prospects to come around in a long time.

Shields needs no introduction. He’s a seven-year veteran who went 15-10 this past season with a 3.52 ERA. While never a Cy Young caliber pitcher, he has tossed over 200 innings a year — sometimes a lot more than 200 in a year — every season since 2007.  Davis was once a starter but was moved to the pen last year and it did him wonders: 70 and a third innings in 54 appearances in which he posted a 2.43 ERA and struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings. He seems a way better bet as a reliever than being turned back into a starter, if Kansas City has that in mind.

Overall, though, this is a big, big gamble for the Royals. They are sending away a truly elite power prospect who has yet to log a day of major league service time for two veteran pitchers, neither of which is a real game-changer for them, even if it does make their pitching more respectable. It strikes me, though, that adding Will Myers to the lineup would do more to improve the Royals’ outlook than adding a reliever and a number two starter.

  1. boredfriday - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Grats to Rays fans. We should all be so lucky to have such a fine man running our teams.

    Fire GMDM.

  2. mdev1987 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    The royals are so stupid

    • dcfan4life - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Trading their future for a 3rd starter. Stupid is too complimentary of a word here…

  3. manifunk - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I am so, so sorry Royals fans.

  4. sknut - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    this has so much risk for KC they must think they are real close and in the al central they might be. Love this for the Rays.

  5. ronswansonsdinner - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    This just made my day! After watching the Bucs choke, the Rays save the day! I’m going to miss Shields and I hope he has a great career with the Royals. Davis was great in the pen this year and can easily be a 4 or 5. Guy seems like he got his fastball back.

  6. Kevin S. - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Dayton Moore learned how to overpay for stars from the guy who made the Mark Teixeira trade.

  7. jashton11 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I really hate to see Shields leave Tampa Bay after all he’s meant to the Rays in general and the pitching staff in particular, but wow, did Friedman get one hell of a haul in return.

    • flpunx - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      Best front office in baseball, hands down.

  8. cur68 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    This is beyond stupid. The Royals need hitting, not pitching. Kaufmann makes mediocre pitchers look good, so they can get by with that kind of guy. They really needed a bat, though. Meyers was the best hitting prospect to come along in some time and now they’ve lost him. Jeez.

    • stex52 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      I imagine we will be hearing from Indaburg soon. Is Myers ready this year? That’s when the Rays really need him. But it sure addresses one of their big problems going forward.

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Ah, respectfully, no. . . I’ve watched my squad try to “get by” with Bruce Chen and Hochevar at the top of the rotation for too long. Dreadful, dreadful pitching that had us out of games by the 4th inning.

    • astrofaninkc - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      I disagree. A home ERA of 4.27 doesn’t really scream ‘premium staff’. The lineup is pretty solid if they can get Hosmer back to reach his potential this year. The staff last year looked like they put it together at a garage sale. They had some injuries, sure, but when your most reliable starter over the past 2 years is Bruce Chen, you need to do something to strengthen that rotation. Unfortunately they emptied the cupboard for someone who won’t return after 2 years here and another guy who couldn’t make it work as a starter. Awesome…

      • mrjameshogg - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        I was waiting for this to come up — Shields’s home/road splits are so well known to be outrageous … his whole career has been about the 3.34 ERA at the Trop. Meanwhile tiny sample size of course and say what you will about the stat but his ERA is literally twice that pitching in KC … this is such a heist … yes I am bitter because I have Shields in a keeper league and was hoping he’d at least go to the NL (the Dodgers or the DBacks at worst), now I have to hope I find some poor royals fan to take him off my hands

      • cur68 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        The Rays played shitty defence behind those guys. Improve the fielding and those ERAs go down.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        I like you, cur, and I’m trying keep an appropriately sympathetic look on my face…but (stifling the giddy snickering) I just can’t.

      • cur68 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        Three 12 hour shifts in a row. I’m exhausted. That should of course read “Royals” not “Rays”.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        No worries, the Rays’ defense was pretty bad last year too. However, their offseason moves appear to be addressing that pretty well also.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM

        In fact, one more move by the Rays to obtain another decent hitter as the DH, and I will enter next season very confidently–even with the moves your Jays made. I’m pretty giddy right now.

    • thereisaparty - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Royals need hitting not pitching? They just need to improve. Whether this trade improves the organization is up for debate, but reducing their needs to hitting or pitching is missing the point entirely.

    • paperlions - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      The Royals need hitting AND pitching…they don’t do either one well. What they did was give up 12 years of control and a decent 3B prospect for 2 years of Shields and 3 of Wade. Short-term return and higher salaries for a team that is still no where near competitive…in 2 years they’ll have nothing to show for the guys they just traded away.

      • cur68 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        They needed hitting and fielding more than pitching. They could have improved their rotation trading away lesser value. This is just dumb. AND it bolsters one of my rooting interest’s rivals. Jeez.

  9. astrofaninkc - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Why give up the biggest piece of your farm system in Myers only to get Shields for 2 years? He’s not resigning here because Glass won’t pay him what the open market will in free agency. This is Francouer’s last year in KC (thank God) and we’ll need a corner outfielder for 2014. This team is destined to lose forever.

  10. Caught Looking - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    This is a horrible trade for the Royals.

    How bad would a team be with Loria as the owner and Dayton Moore as the GM.

    • astrofaninkc - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Would you rather have Loria own your team or Dayton Moore as the GM for life?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        I’ll take option c, a bullet

  11. groundruledoublebourbon - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Hey, Royals fans. At least we still have the Chie–… oh, right. *Sniffle*

  12. atlrod - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    “Wait, so all you want for Wil Myers is James Shields and Wade Davis?”
    “Fine, we’ll throw in one of our top pitching prospects.”
    “FINE! You can have this other top pitching prospect that we can’t figure out right now.”
    “Wait, no–”
    “Ok. Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery, and Leonard who is a pretty nice wildcard.”
    (stunned silence)
    “Uh… ok. Thanks.”

  13. tbbucs621 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Not only do we get the bat we need so bad, but just freed up a lot of money to get yet another bat to DH

  14. manifunk - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Truly the greatest self-inflicted wound in KC sinc….oh

  15. thereisaparty - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    T the P

  16. gotampabay52 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I guess KC only looked at last yr with Shields cause he wasnt good davis is a bad ass Myers is bigger badass we will trade and win the teade shields aint going to repeat a good season davis is great myers is next bj

  17. mikeincmn - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I like Shields, but I would be skeptical of this trade even if Myers wasnt involved. Shields has had a pretty big workload for a couple years now….you have to worry a bit about a potential breakdown physically for him.

    Friedman has now schooled two GMs into giving up numerous prospects for a starting pitcher.

    Davis is decent, but as others have said, at best to 4th or 5th starter.

    • flpunx - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Davis will be a fantastic 4th or 5th, and he really kicked ass in the bullpen last year. He just wants to play – real competitor. He could do very well in such a weak division.

  18. flpunx - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    “While never a Cy Young caliber pitcher”

    Weird – I thought this was the same Shieldsy that threw 12 complete games and led the team in wins in 2011. Wasn’t he in the Cy Young voting that year too? Yes, I am biased and he is my favorite, and I hate to see him leave. Great clubhouse presence, amazing teammate, fantastic sportsman. We’re gonna miss you in the bay, James. Best of luck in KC.

  19. randygnyc - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    It was a bad trade when it was Myers for Shields and Wade. Hearing that KC emptied the pantry makes this a felony robbery with aggravated circumstances.

  20. paperlions - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Well…you know…Congratulations to Wil Myers, great news for him Odorizzi, Leonard, and that other guy. Condolences to Shields and Davis.

  21. rambo888 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    As a former fan as of tonight I have to say the Royals ate now the laughing stock of baseball!

    • astrofaninkc - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      What do you mean ‘now’? They’ve been a laughing stock for over a decade, this just got their name back in the headlines.

  22. bigmeechy74 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    This is one of those trades that is just such an obvious win for the rays that it probably won’t turn out that way. Myers will probably be disappointing. Things usually don’t turn out how we think they will. Still a really stupid trade by kansas city.

    • flpunx - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Josh Hamilton. Enough said.

  23. kcrobert10 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Im in disbelief. I just can’t belive this happened like it matters seen so many 100 loss seasons I’ve gone numb to there stupidity out at the k. Moore needs to be fired but even more stupid is the owner who let this happen. This team isn’t ready to compete right now and now because of this dumb move we won’t be making playoff runs for years and years. Please I’m begging you Mr glass take your crummie franchise and move it to little rock or bentonville anywhere but here kc deserves better.

  24. brewcitybummer - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Well just to play devil’s advocate…at this frees them up to give Jeff Francouer a long term extension.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      WTH? Why would anyone do that? Do you realize that he posted a -3.2 WAR this past year?

      • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        Oh, wait, you’re joking. Sorry, didn’t get it until now.

  25. malvord13 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Royal fans. I’m so so sorry. I feel so bad

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