Now that we have had a full day to digest the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for Wil Myers and three other prospects, let’s take a moment to see what others are saying about the deal. But before that, one more observation.
I don’t want to get into the “who won the trade?” debate as it means little until we know what the prospects become. In other words, nobody will know who won this trade for 4-5 years. But that being said, even if you like the deal (we do), it is hard not to notice that the Rays are now a weaker team in 2013.
With this deal, the Rays added four minor leaguers, none of whom are expected to be on the opening day roster. So, in reality, the Rays traded James Shields and Wade Davis for Alex Cobb and another empty seat in the bullpen. And no matter what you think about Cobb, that is a downgrade. In addition, the Rays have lost BJ Upton and Jeff Keppinger, two of the four best bats on a team that wasn’t that good offensively.
Obviously there is a lot of time to still add some pieces, as the Rays still need at least one DH and two relievers. And at some point during the season, Myers (and possibly Mike Montgomery) will be added to the mix. But as of today, the Rays have traded two starting pitchers and their projected roster is actually much weaker.
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- Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery have been added to the 40-man roster. Also, the Rays had to pay James Shields a $750,000 “assignment” bonus for being traded. [Marc Topkin]
- As we discussed yesterday, Buster Olney also thinks Wil Myers will not be on the opening day roster and would not be surprised if the Rays approach Myers about signing a long-term deal. [ESPN Insider]
- Jim Callis of Baseball America says Wil Myers is now the Rays’ top prospect, ahead of Chris Archer, while Jake Odorizzi is 5th, behind Taylor Guerrieri (now #3) and Hak-Ju Lee (#4). [BaseballAmerica]
- Joe Posnanski on the trade: “I despise the Royals’ trade of late Sunday night. Despise. Deplore. Deride. Disapprove. If there were a Royals Tradebook Page, I would click the “dislike” button at least 10,000 times.” Geez Joe, tells us what you really think (message for Rays fans in final paragraph). [JoeBlog]
- Some anonymous baseball people were split on who did well in this trade according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. One “talent evaluator” isn’t convinced that Wil Myers is that good. However, another personnel person said the Royals “got owned.” [ESPN]
- The Royals general manager is not happy with the criticism that he made the trade just to save his job. [USA Today]
- A number of scouts and executives told JJ Cooper of Baseball Americathat the deal was a good one for the Royals, or at least it is not as bad as many think. One said Wil Myers is no sure thing, and a front office executive said Myers “is not a major league ready impact bat, and might take a couple years of struggles burning into his major league service time.” [Baseball America]
- Another GM told Ken Rosenthal that Wil Myers is “no slam dunk.” [Fox Sports]
- Rany Jazayerli says Wade Davis and James Shields for Wil Myers was a fair deal, but then the Royals added three more prospects as the Royals GM pushed all his chips to the middle of the table. [Grantland]
- Jayson Stark points out that Wil Myers is the first winner of the Minor League Player of the Year award that did not make his big league debut with the same club. Stark has some other interesting tidbits about the deal including how James Shields compares to other Royals pitchers. [ESPN]
- Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs takes a closer look at Wade Davis and doesn’t sound very optimistic that he’ll be a good starting pitcher. [Fangraphs]