The Royals and Rays have finally completely their long-rumored deal and it is much bigger than anybody anticipated. The Rays are sending James Shields, Wade Davis, and a player to be named later to the Royals for Minor League Player of the Year Wil Myers, and three other prospects.
The key players in this deal are Shields and Myers. Myers, a power-hitting outfielder, could easily be the second-best hitter on the Rays this season. However, it seemed from the beginning that both sides wanted more and that is exactly what happened.
The Rays also receive Jake Odorizzi, a right-handed pitcher and first round pick in 2008 by the Brewers. Odorizzi started two games with the Royals in 2012 after going 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA between double-A and triple-A.
The Rays also receive Mike Montgomery, a left-handed pitcher that split time between double-A and triple-A in 2012, going 5-12 with a 6.07 ERA in 27 starts. However, he has a strong changeup, something the Rays like in a pitcher. He was originally drafted in the first round (#36 overall) in the 2008 draft.
The fourth prospect is Patrick Leonard, a 20-year-old third baseman. Leonard was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft and hit .251 with a .340 OBP and 14 home runs in 62 games at the rookie level in 2012.
Still, the Wild Card here is Wade Davis. There were some indications recently that he wanted to become a starting pitcher again. And his trade value would have deteriorated quickly if he spent another season in the bullpen. It is not clear if he was pushing for a trade, but it seemed clear that he was not going to be in the Rays bullpen in 2013. And there seemed to be better options in the rotation. So that made him a prime candidate to be moved. And if nobody was paying top dollar for Davis, then why not use him as the chip to put this deal over the top.