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.



  1. J 2.0 says:

    Potentially we may have robbed them blind here. But its all potential. We got 2 1st rounders in Odorizzi and Montgomery, Odorizzi is close to MLB ready. And Patrick Leonard is a very good prospect to boot. This is how you keep the wheels in motion on a low budget. Hate to see Shields and Davis leave, but this deal along with the Garza deal might build this team's future is a huge way.

    • Larry S says:

      Kansas City guy here. Great deal for both teams. KC desperately needed pitching - you guys had it to spare. You needed offense and Myers will likely provide that for you. The other guys, Odorizzi and Montgomery are not quite ready for prime time yet, but they weren't coached well in the KC system, but your coaches are much better. Montgomery has a big upside, very live arm. It's likely Davis will get the chance to start in KC; the rotation has been weak and he's probably better than the in house candidates. Plus, you guys dumped some salary. A good deal for both clubs - I hope it works out for both teams. A warning on Myers - he strikes out a lot.

      • Raysfan137 says:

        Stikes out a lot is relative. Have you seen Carlos and BJ's numbers over the last few years ? Myers doesn't strike out a lot 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    It is very sad to see Shields go but we got plenty back so I'm okay with it.

    And man oh man, do I love Wil Myers

  3. Brian says:

    Myers better be in left field come opening day. Huge upgrade in the offense. Now let's use that loot for some more bats and pen help.

  4. Joe says:

    I could see us flipping Ordazzi and a MIF prospect for a guy named Justin who plays in Arizona

  5. Drew says:

    THERE IS A GOD!!!!#

  6. Greg says:

    Very excited about this deal. Great return...Myers should be great very soon and we also added 2 high-ceiling pitchers (3 of KC's top 6 minor leaguers) and Leonard is listed as the organizational all star at 3B. Of course, we don't know who the player to be named later will be but Davis wasn't used in many high-leverage situations and it was a good time to trade Shields. Nice job here by the Rays.

  7. Geoff Peterson says:

    Glad we finally pulled the trigger. I only wish we could have got Butler too but probably would have cost us another major prospect.

  8. RonnieRoyal says:

    Butler for a "major prospect?"

    The AS who had a 140 OPS+ and was 8th in the league in runs created, for a major prospect? I doubt it.

  9. Dustin says:

    Most of the Royals fans I've heard from are outraged. I take this as a good sign. We were gonna lose Shields sooner or later, so getting Myers for him takes a bit of the sting out of it.

  10. Craig says:

    This trade sends some clear signals. For one, the Royals are looking to compete immediately. Someone there believes they have the chance to end their legacy of losing seasons right now. And I like their chances. The Rays are already going to compete in their division in 2013 with this trade or not. Their minor league system is now officially stacked. The Rays are going to be in a position to compete for years to come. Hopefully, this trade works out for both teams and we see the Royals putting up a decent effort to compete in their division with an improved rotation while the Rays keep on doing their thing, fighting the good fight in their perennial David vs. Goliath showdown.

    One concern remains to be answered. How are the Rays going to score more runs in 2013? I think we're still a bat away from a real answer. My Lance Berkman fantasy still won't die.

  11. Jeffrey says:

    I have mixed emotions. On one side, im glad they made the trade because now they have future and we can do well with them. However, on the other side it was questionable. If none of these players including Myers work, the front office will get criticized.

  12. deezy333 says:

    One big thing to take away from this is the 13 million the Rays just saved, that mote than likely will be reallocated towards acquiring other pieces.

    I'm almost positive the Rays will find a way to acquire one of Willingham, Morse, Soriano, or Kubel. Most of those would cost between 6-7 mil and a B level prospect.

    Lance Berkman would be a great fit if he dropped his price tag around 5 mil plus incentives.

    Add a couple good relievers like a Mark Lowe, Kyle McClellan, Joey Devine, or Peter Moylan and your right around the 13 mil or so you just saved.

    If the Rays want to get really creative, offer Brian Wilson the same deal Soria got from the Rangers (2 years 8-9 mil)

    My point being, the Rays can get creative with the money. If I were the Rays I would plan for Myers not be on the opening day roster and have him force his way up. Maybe a Morse to take over first base from Loney to make room for Myers, who knows.

    Now that the Rays have freed up this money, expect them to start spending it.

  13. Dave L says:

    Nice job AF and company. Fits the mold of what we have come to expect always building for the future.

    Will miss Big Game James, one of the last Devil Rays, and will have nothing but good memories of his time here.

    Congrats to WD who will get to follow his dream and again get a chance to become a starter, which was dying here as he was headed to an eventual spot at the back of the Rays pen.

    And the salary implications are of course shedding 15 or so percent of the 2013 commitments as expected.

  14. phil says:

    Jennings CF
    Escobar ss
    Zobrist 2nd
    Longoria 3rd
    Morse DH
    Joyce RF
    myers LF
    Looney 1st
    Molina C

  15. phil says:

    Montogomery, Jose Lobotan and Mikie Mahtock to the Nats for Morse and Wilson Ramos Catcher...Power hitting 1st baseman and starting catcher

  16. don says:

    Happiest for Davis..was lost in Bullpen, not destined to be a starter for the Loaded Rays Pitching....
    Hope HE becomes the Top line starter...the Florida Redneck deserves to be....Shields was our "tough" guy for a Top Pitching Staff now to be lead by a young man who just lost his best friend....
    Its on you least for a couple of years..

  17. doug says:

    The key to this trade is Evan Longoria, as he will be hinge around which this franchise's personnel decisions will revolve in the foreseeable future. That became a fact two weeks ago. This deal says that the Rays, while expecting some immediate return, are really still at a point of beginning too. They are just now beginning to build a team around Longoria and Myers projects to be a huge piece. Likewise the two top pitchers who were acquired, and will be "seasoned" a bit in AA-AAA in anticipation of King David's payday in few years, expect to be there over the next six years as well.
    The hidden immediate impact for the Rays this year is that it will allow them to contunue to troll the free agent market for a DH and catcher without impairing the bottom line significantly from what was already committed to 2013.
    This could well be the second "Cubs" trade, the full impact of which continues to grow in the organization.

  18. phil says:

    still loaded at pitching: (1) David Price; (2) Matt Moore; (3) Hell boy; (4) Alex Cobb; (5) Jeff Niemann; (6) Chris Archer; (7) Jake Ordozzi; (8) Will Montgomery (9) Alex Colombe and (10) Alex Torres.

    Bullpen: Fernado Rodney; Joel Peralta; Jake McGee; Brandon Gomes; Cesar Ramos; Josh Lueke.

    Need another bullpen arm!

  19. dan r says:

    Sad day at my house, wife and daughter both LOVED James, for years. . I understand the economics of baseball, I understand years of control, I understand middle of the order protection, I understand, I understand, I understand. . . my heart of hearts wanted James to sign a team friendly deal (again) retire with the Rays, and remain in our community, nothing personal Helly, but I wish it would have been you instead. . . best of luck in KC boys, ok, let's get a lineup card together. . .

  20. Rob says:

    Exciting stuff any way you look at it.

  21. ed says:

    like the trade, if myers starts out here this year, i read that he may start out in aaa, believe me i understand how that helps us in the future and again i like the trade, but, it also according to the tampa times saves the rays 20 million , so they should still be able to get a dh. I do have faith in af and hope he pulls something else off. Unless myers is here this year. I keep hearing on the radio how the rays are a small market team and can't afford to spend to much, i even read where matt silverman said basically thier payroll is on the head of a needle ( not exactly the way it was said but close enough) i really wish they would stop complaining about the payroll, remember longo's extension doesn't kick in until 2017. So it really doesn't hurt us until than. Anyway good trade, hopefully.

  22. Jeff says:

    Nothing's guaranteed but I'd bet that the Rays get the best out of this deal. I say this because their management team is unbelievably smart. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to researching players and don't make moves without thinking about the present and future of their team(s). All you have to do is look at the $$$ numbers and the years they will control their recently acquired talent to see they control the odds. I'd never bet against them.

  23. formattedfire says:

    Our resident pseudo rays fan Don seems to mince facts. Price lost his best friend in 2010, so it's been a little more than just recent.

    • don says:

      I lost my bet friend in the 3rd grade, but its been quite some time so I moved on to other friends....maybe Price did the same.. since Shields is gone NOW.. the "facts" think?


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