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Thursday, September 11, 2014

James Shields is the perfect pitcher at the perfect time

The trade has been everything the Royals could have wanted and Moore.

This is who and what the Royals wanted when they gave up Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, two pieces of their future, because they wanted to succeed in the present. They didn’t go far enough in 2013 to justify the move, because they left the back-end of their rotation a Bruce Chen-like mess, and Wade Davis, who came over with Shields, was expected to fix that even though he had been spending his time in Tampa Bay proving he belonged in relief. Predictably, Davis struggled, the Royals won their most disappointing 86 games in recent memory because they couldn’t plug the holes they started the season with, and Shields’ efforts were wasted while Myers won himself a Rookie of the Year award and helped the Rays along to the playoffs.

General manager Dayton Moore has deserved scorn for much of the prolonged Royals’ rebuilding, but for once he deserves credit for realizing that he didn’t go far enough in 2013 with the Shields’ deal alone. Rather than hope for a better second attempt, Moore added Vargas, who is built for the pitcher-friendly parks of the AL Central, to round out the rotation. He promoted Ventura to the bigs permanently, and gave Duffy, who had recovered from Tommy John, surgery,  the chance to keep the likes of Chen out of the rotation once again. Davis was put back in the pen where he belonged in the first place, and the lineup holes at second base and right field were finally addressed by putting literally anyone besides Chris Getz and Jeff Francoeur in those spots. A year had already been wasted, but the Royals were going to make a go at October for real heading into 2014, the final season of Shields’ deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:28 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jake odorizzi, james shields, rays, royals, trades, wade davis, wil myers

 

 

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