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).



  1. rbt says:

    You're behind the times; both teams vehemently denied yesterday that such a request was made by the Rays.

  2. Don says:

    I'll trade shields for their catcher & a SS prospect...

  3. Hal says:

    No way. Rays don't place that high of a value on a closer and the 2 prospects are hardly elite level. Adding Soria and losing Sheilds yeilds very little in the way of payroll relief also. There's a better haul out there for Shields.

    • pete says:

      Myers is certainly an elite prospect. Otherwise , you are right about the trade making little sense.

    • rbt says:

      Myers is most definitely an elite prospect, which is why the Royals are hesitant to trade him. He was ranked #10 overall by Baseball America entering the season - which, you might note, was higher than Matt Moore.

  4. Robert says:

    No way will that trade happen.


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