Why must the KC Royals make big moves later at night and not during the winter meetings?
According to the bottom line on MLB Network, Royals have traded top prospect Wil Myers (and others) to the TB Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis (and a player to be named later). Oh but Myers isn’t the only big name heading to Tampa.
The Royals also traded top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi. Yup. Let that sink in.
And then former top pitching prospect Mike Montgomery. And third baseman Patrick Leonard, who had a great season in rookie ball.
Why didn’t the Royals make this move while they were in Nashville when it was really getting heat so the media could really get involved? Instead, they do it when many on the East Coast are sleeping.
I get that the Royals desperately needed an ace and Big Game James is certainly an ace. I’m a big fan of his, but will the Royals actually contend over the next two seasons? Sure, Shields has been in a rebuilding situation before and helped carry the team to success, but are the Royals there yet?
Davis is sort of an in-betweener. He can start and relieve, but he was better out of the bullpen in 2012 for the Rays than he had been as a starter. But do the Royals need another reliever?
Is two years of Shields worth giving up six years of what Myers is projecting to be?
Let me know what you think.
It could be the worst deal ever, especially if Myers and Odorizzi do what many Royals fans were hoping for and if Montgomery turns into the pitcher many thought he would be two years ago.