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 WEEI.com, 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.