According to Bill Chastain, the Royals have asked the Rays what it would take to land James Shields in a trade. The answer was “a lot”…
The Royals are interested in [James] Shields, but to get him, the Rays want closer Joakim Soria, top position prospect Wil Myers and shortstop/second baseman prospect Christian Colon in return
We are still waiting to hear if the Royals have been able to get their jaws up off the floor.
Joakim Soria, a closer, is a two-time All-Star with at least 28 saves each of the last four seasons. His career ERA/FIP is 2.40/2.90. He has two years and $14.75 million remaining on his contract. There is also an option for 2014 at $8.75 million.
Wil Myers is a former catcher that played exclusively in the outfield last year in double-A, hitting .254 with 8 home runs and a .353 OBP. He struck out a little more in 2011, but for his career, he has a nearly 1:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio which is an excellent sign for a hitter moving forward.
Christian Colon was the fourth pick overall in the 2010 draft. The middle infielder is considered a good defender. He hit just .257 in double-A last year, but like Myers, shows good command of the strikezone (51 Ks, 46 walks).