This offseason the Kansas City Royals traded a wealth of potential to the Tampa Bay Rays in return for James Shields and Wade Davis. Trading prospects like Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi away will always bring a few doubters in saying that the price was too high. This price was not too high because it was a great trade for the Royals. It seemed good right away and now that the guys are in Spring Training with their new team, it’s clear just how great of a deal it was.
Sometimes the reason for a team having losing seasons is mental. A great deal of losing can be explained in the lack of confidence and that frame of mind. When a big trade like this happens it makes not only the fans but also the existing Royals players sit up and take notice. The Royals needed this move to change their thinking to that of a winning frame of mind.
Shields is a natural leader. Manager Ned Yost praised his leadership skills and said that not only did he lead by example but he actually searched for ways to make his teammates better. That is worth the price right there folks. This team feels like they can compete with the Detroit Tigers and other powers in the AL Central and the arrival and example of Shields is one big reason why.
Add to that the way he pitches every fifth day and you can bet this team will be much better off because of the presence of Shields and Davis. Davis is more an example on the field kind of guy but Shields will be the vocal leader, the clubhouse leader and the leader in any other way he can imagine. It seems to be his passion. The Royals got a lot more than an ace pitcher in Shields; they also got a winning team.