Hot-Stove: Shields and Davis traded to KC

Guess it’s time to revise our shirt design. James Shields and Wade Davis were trafed to KC for for outfielder Wil Myers, right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard, according to a Royals team release.

Myers, the reigning 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, turns 22 on Monday. He posted a .304 BA/.378 OBP/.554 SLG/.932 OPS in 99 games this season at Triple-A Omaha. Suffice to say, the acquisition of Myers is huge. Though it is unknown whether the impact will be felt with the Rays this season, or will he spend time in the minors? I think I may be safer to assume the four players making the move to the Rays organization won’t be playing under the teflon roof this season. “(I) wouldn’t be surprised” if Myers, Odorizzi and Montgomery help them win games in 2013, said VP Andrew Friedman. Uncertainty will linger until Spring training when the front office and major-league staff get a look at them and make any subsequent decisions.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the three other prospects acquired in the deal,

all check in at 23 years old or younger. Odorizzi, arguably the most talented of the bunch, took home his team’s Pitcher of the Year award this past season while playing with Myers. The right-hander pitched to a 2.93 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 over the course of 107.1 innings. He made his Major League debut in September where he had the opportunity to make two starts for the Royals

Shields represented a player that could eat up a lot of innings, while also being a solid presence in the clubhouse; two attributes that Tampa Bay is going to have a hard time culling out of Matt Moore or Jeremy Hellickson. I’m more confident that Alex Cobb will be able to eat up innings along with David Price in 2012. Make no bones about it, Shields will be missed.

However, the Rays made out like bandits. First, the Royals only have Shields locked up for two seasons. One could also argue that they won’t be able to afford Juego G after the 2014 season.  Meanwhile Myers could end up being one of the best hitters in the AL. What’s more, the Rays have Myers locked up for the six seasons, and Odirizzi may very well develop into a solid starter. That’s a win/win I think.

But all of this talk over what Tampa Bay’s newest acquisitions will offer is largely predicated on the future, not the now. The Rays still need at least another bat in the lineup, as well as another catcher and a couple of relievers. Swisher? Ichiro? Berkman? Will they re-sign Howell now that they’ve got about $20MM to play with?

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