Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star reports that the Rays have indeed discussed a trade with the Royals in which the Rays would send James Shields to Kansas City for top hitting prospect Wil Myers.

On the surface it seems like the backbone of decent deal. Rays have excess pitching and Myers fills the need of power-hitting outfielder that is young and cheap. And the Royals think they are one front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher away from being a contender. But this deal may never proceed past the discussions stage.

According to Dutton, both teams “remain hesitant.” In other words, it sounds like both sides like Myers-for-Shields, but both sides may not think they are getting enough and want more pieces added.

The Royals seem hesitant to trade six years for Myers for just two years of Shields. And we have already heard that the Rays are seeking a deal similar to the 5-player package they received from the Cubs for Matt Garza.

There is also the Boston Red Sox. The Royals have also had discussion of a Myers-for-Jon Lester trade. And according to Rob Bradford of, the Red Sox may also be willing to add in other player(s) to the package. And while the Royals would also only get two years of service from Lester, he is two years younger than Shields, and left-handed.

Of course, a deal could still happen. But at this point it seems like the Red Sox have the edge, and the Rays’ asking price is too high.



  1. Brianknowsbest says:


  2. Raysfan137 says:

    Rays asking price is always too high. We covet our pitching because we look at what it is worth to other teams and don't consider what it's NOT worth to us during the season. Yeah, we're a hypothetical injury or two away from not having enough starting pitching. We a REAL hitter or two away from ever being a true contender. Love Friedman and Co. for what they do. Hate Friedman and Co. at times for what they don't do. Get aggressive and go get a real hitter or two to put around that "face of the franchise" that you just locked up. We fans are going to soon tire of watching starting pitching get us ALMOST there. Perhaps we already have.

    • Dustin says:

      The Rays have been competitive in the AL East for the last five years in a row, and they just barely missed the post-season last year, without "a REAL hitter." Seems to me that qualifies the Rays as true contenders. The Rays win with pitching and defense, and their pitching is better with Shields on the staff. If they can get the moon and the stars for him, that'd be swell, but accepting anything less would be a mistake. It's worth keeping in mind, too, that tho Myers looks pretty good, he's not a sure bet. He's put up some nice numbers, but he's done it in the PCL. He might be great, or he might be Travis Snyder. I'm not saying that I know for sure, I'm just saying that we should temper our enthusiasm for a Sheilds/Myers trade.

  3. Drew says:


  4. ecp says:

    Royals are hesitant because they don't want to trade Myers. Rays are hesitant because they don't trade pitching no matter what. That said, if I'm the Royals I don't want Shields, I want Moore. Why would you want the older guy whose only going to be around for two years? Sure, maybe he'll sign again, but he'll be 33. If the Royals would really do it, and I don't think they will, I think Friedman has to say yes.

  5. Dave L says:

    I still like this trade and think its still Alive

    More so because I can't see why the Sox would want to move Lestet that badly. As a younger LHP logging a consistent 200+ innings it makes no sense unless they think he's a bad seed.

    He even managed 3 CG last year on that shipwreck of a season.

    Shields Myers probably won't happen but Lester will not be the reason IMO


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