The Kansas City Royals had to make a move going into the 2013 MLB season that proved they were serious about being a contender. Kansas City went out and traded for James Shields to become the new ace of the rotation. While Kansas City had to give up Wil Myers among others in the deal, it was a trade that the Royals had to make because you can’t sit on the prospects forever and the team seemed to have no interest in bringing Myers up this season. Shields has the potential to make something special happen for the Royals this season.
Shields was 15-10 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3.52 ERA. With a successful track record in his seven seasons, Shields becomes the lynchpin of hopes for the playoffs in Kansas City for 2013. The team has enough offense with Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez but needed pitching badly. The trade for Shields along with Wade Davis at least takes care of that problem.
It is going to be a very exciting year for the Royals and one where the team has a real chance to break into the playoff race. I really think that Shields wins 18 or 19 games this season for the Royals and lead the team past the .500 mark for the first time in quite a while. While some fans won’t agree with moving Myers and other young pieces out of town, those people will change their minds if Shields takes the Royals to the playoffs in 2013.