The MLB Winter Meetings do not mark the end of the fireworks of the baseball offseason. The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals are nearing a deal that will send pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for one of its best prospects, Wil Myers.
The Rays were shopping Shields during the meetings earlier in the week but it takes the end of the week for the team to trade him. Shields has a very favorable contract and it will work well due to the restraints that the Royals have in the organization.
Shields has spent all of his seven years in the majors with the Rays and has produced double-digit wins in every season since 2007. He has a career 218-217 record with a 3.89 ERA and 1250 strikeouts. About his contract, Shields has one-year, $9 million on his contract since the Rays picked up his club option. Shields also has a $12 million club option for next year.
The Royals also receive Davis who has spent most of his 2012 season with the Rays as a reliever. Davis has starting ability and could knock someone out of the Royals’ rotation to become a starting pitcher next season.
The Rays will receive Myers, an outfielder, who was rated as the best prospect in the organization by Baseball Prospectus and No. 3 by Baseball America. Myers hit 24 home runs with Triple-A Omaha last season and will fill-in the hole in the outfield left by the departure of B.J. Upton.
Kansas City has completely revamped its rotation and now will have a respectable staff to go out there and make some noise in the American League Central.
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