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Monday, December 10, 2012

Tampa Tribune: Rays trade Shields, Davis to Royals for four prospects

The Tampa Bay Rays executed the biggest trade in team history Sunday night, sending pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for four minor league players, including outfielder Wil Myers, the Royals’ top prospect.

The Rays also received right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.

KC Star: Royals get Shields, Davis from Rays for Myers, Odorizzi, two others

NTNgod Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM | 296 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4320817)
*Flip and re-post*

Very early CAIRO run by SG:
LAA 95-67
DET 91-71
TEX 88-74
OAK 88-74
TBR 86-76
TOR 86-76
NYY 85-77
BOS 84-78
KCR 84-78
   102. GregD Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4320819)
The Pirates overpaid last year, and he turned them down (3/30 according to reports). Maybe he really wants to play for a contender. The Royals are not contenders.
Edwin Jackson, proving that money is not everything! Easy for me to say, I know, but is there any clearer proof of the potential for rational human decision-making. Major league baseball players don't seem to like living in Pittsburgh or KC (though I personally think the Burg is kind of cool)and they really hate playing on teams that are guaranteed to be irrelevant. And players more than agents seem confident they're next season is going to be their best one. Taking a lot of money to play one year for a team that should be interesting sounds like a lot more fun than signing on for years of pain. Though on the positive, there's the likelihood the Pirates or Royals would both overpay you and then trade you a year later.
   103. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4320821)
I think the key to this deal is that pitchers like Anibal Sanchez or Edwin Jackson won't sign with the Royals.


Exactly. People who say "why don't they just give that money to free agents?" overlook the possibility that there is no reasonable amount of money that will convince free agents like Sanchez or Jackson to sign with the Royals. We don't know whether the Royals kicked the tires and were rebuffed, although I have to think they did at least send out a feeler or three.

I don't have a real problem with this deal. Having seen Wade Davis pitch quite a bit, I too think there's more upside there than he's shown - he's really not a lot different than Hellickson, in my opinion - and while Wil Myers certainly looks good, this management team believes that it can't afford to take the risk of having to rely on him to be productive at the major league level in 2013, they really need pitching, and they don't have a lot of other chips to cash. It's a gamble, to be sure - but it's about all that Dayton Moore has right now. Given that the Royals were always going to try to get pitching, this is about as good a deal as they could have made.

-- MWE
   104. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4320822)
There is a planet where Frenchy racks up another 75 XBH season and Myers, struggling to adjust to major league pitching, hits something like .235/.287/.378, minus Frenchy's defense.

As noted above by Yeaarrgghhhh, this sounds like the Planet Royals on which Dayton Moore has been living recently, with his player development guys consistently producing can't-miss prospects who take three or four years to become real assets to the team.

Alex Gordon (99 OPS+, 1172 PA in first two seasons - then sent back to the minors)
Billy Butler (99 OPS+, 838 PA in first two seasons)
Mike Moustakas (90 OPS+, 979 PA in first two seasons)
Eric Hosmer (100 OPS+, 1161 PA in first two seasons) (118, then 82)

But none of those guys has EVER had a season as low as 81 OPS+, like Francœur did last year!

   105. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4320823)
Has there been any official/semiofficial/unofficial chatter on whether or not they're going to give Davis a chance to compete for a rotation spot? Or are they specifically intending to keep him as a reliever like he was last year?
   106. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4320829)
I would guess he's a long reliever for now, and will step into the rotation at the first blush of Bruce Chen and/or Luke Hochevar imploding. So I'd give it by Memorial Day, if that.
   107. formerly dp Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4320831)
As noted above by Yeaarrgghhhh, this sounds like the Planet Royals on which Dayton Moore has been living recently
I'm not saying it's a planet I want to live on, but it is out there.
But none of those guys has EVER had a season as low as 81 OPS+, like Francœur did last year!
Hosmer's 82 was close...

Urg, this is not fun. Francouer should have nothing that resembles a starting gig in 2013. But Myers also might not be a step up from him, at least right out of the gate. Which seems to be all that matters to Moore.
   108. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4320832)
They still have Luke Hochevar? Is he on one of those deals like record companies give out, where he doesn't get any more money until they recoup his signing bonus in sales of tickets and Hochevar jerseys?
   109. Cooper Nielson Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4320834)
I think Yeaarrgghhhh is making some sense here. While I certainly wouldn't defend this as a "smart" trade by Dayton Moore, I'm not as convinced as everyone else seems to be that this is franchise-destroying, I'll-stop-being-a-Royals-fan-forever trade. Maybe Wil Myers will become a superstar, maybe he won't. But we know pretty much what James Shields will do, and it will be pretty good. (Yeah, I know it's only two years.)

People seem to be excited about Wil Myers' future, but I think we've been spoiled by Trout and Harper this year. The hottest prospects don't also become superstars right away, and sometimes they don't even become good players.

Wil Myers turned 22 today. He's got 1644 minor league PA (about 2.5 full MLB seasons) with a .303/.395/.522 line, 64 home runs and 29 stolen bases, 207 BB and 339 K. Baseball America rated him the #10 prospect in baseball pre-2011, and dropped him to #28 pre-2012. He'll probably climb in the rankings this year. That's all quite promising.

But there's a guy who Baseball America ranked #3, #3, #1, and #3 in four consecutive years. He reached AAA at age 19 (Myers was 21). In 1584 PA he hit .317/.362/.519, with 61 HR and 75 SB, 98 BB and 289 K. He had 29 assists as an outfielder. That guy looks even MORE promising right?

Of course, you all know who that guy is: Delmon Young. (I included his 9-game AAA stint from 2011 because I didn't want to do extra work.)

I've never seen Wil Myers play and I don't really know anything about him except the numbers. I don't think he's truly "similar" to Young, but based on age and prospect-ness it seems fair to compare them. He seems to have better plate discipline than Young, but less speed and perhaps less "hitting" (batting average) ability.

So if, five years from now, it turns out the Royals traded away the next Delmon Young* -- regardless of what Shields does -- I hope you all jump back in your windows.

* Brandon Wood, Cameron Maybin, Lastings Milledge, Jeremy Hermida, Travis Snider, Andy Marte...
   110. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4320836)
* Brandon Wood, Cameron Maybin, Lastings Milledge, Jeremy Hermida, Travis Snider, Andy Marte...


That's unfair to Maybin.
   111. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4320837)
Has there been any official/semiofficial/unofficial chatter on whether or not they're going to give Davis a chance to compete for a rotation spot? Or are they specifically intending to keep him as a reliever like he was last year?

According to all of the twitter talk from various writers, Wade Davis will be given a shot in the rotation. But I am more than willing to defer to AG#1F.
   112. Topher Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4320840)
I'm a Royals fan so it is very possible I'm out in leftfield on this post ...

If the Rays had offered Big Game James in a 1x1 trade for Jake Odorizzi, I'm not at all certain I'd agree to the trade if I was the Royals GM.

That has little to do with how I view Shields or Odorizzi in terms of on the field talent. For the record, I do think Odorizzi is pretty valuable for what he is: the overwhelming consensus seems to be that while his ceiling is low (#3 starter most likely), his floor is perhaps higher than any pitching prospect in baseball (#4 starter). That type of pitcher has value, especially when it is cost controlled. Health is a concern with all young pitchers, but Odorizzi is reported to have a smooth delivery that makes injury less likely. So my opinion on Odorizzi might have me biased.

But honestly, the reason I'm not sure I'd do a Shilelds for Odorizzi trade has little to do with Odorizzi. It mostly has to do with the fact that (1) I think that the 2015 and 2016 seasons are more likely to have a winning Royals team on the field than 2013 and 2014 and (2) a team with an artificially low payroll like the Royals needs to be extremely cautious in accepting increases to payroll.

Since Shields won't be around in 2015, he doesn't help the team long term as has been noted in most the posts in this thread. No need to elaborate on that.

And while Shields is signed to a team-friendly deal, Odorizzi is completely under team control. Odorizzi wouldn't be the ace of the staff in 2015 (one hopes ...) but his cheap salary would go a long way to allowing the team some flexbility to do creative trades like the one for Ervin Santana this offseason.

If you are going to run a MLB team like a Walmart store, you need to be awfully cautious about when you decide to trade cheap talent for the more expensive variety. I just don't see how either 2013 or 2014 is the time to go for broke.
   113. Topher Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4320842)
The more I think about this trade, the more likely* I think it is that the Royals will be getting Shields for just one season. I don't think 2013 is going to lead to success. After 2013, the team loses Santana and will likely be a couple of arms short of a rotation. So with the changes in the CBA to free agent compensation, there will be incentive to trade Shields prior to the 2014 season starting.

*Not saying this is likely to happen, just that the more I think about the trade the more I can see this completely blowing up for the Royals.
   114. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4320843)
Overpay. Jackson always struggle to get a multi-year deal; he took 1/11 from WAS last year. Offer him 4/50.

The Pirates overpaid last year, and he turned them down (3/30 according to reports). Maybe he really wants to play for a contender. The Royals are not contenders.
3/30 isn't anywhere close to an overpay for Edwin Jackson. If the Pirates were in the sort of desperate straits the Royals appear to consider themselves to be, they could have gone 4/55 or 5/65 or something. 3/30 is a bargain for Jackson - the Pirates were trying to beat the market and get a good pitcher at a good price, not trying to "overpay" to get a free agent.
   115. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4320849)
3/30 isn't anywhere close to an overpay for Edwin Jackson. If the Pirates were in the sort of desperate straits the Royals appear to consider themselves to be, they could have gone 4/55 or 5/65 or something. 3/30 is a bargain for Jackson - the Pirates were trying to beat the market and get a good pitcher at a good price, not trying to "overpay" to get a free agent.

Concur.
   116. Cooper Nielson Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM (#4320851)
* Brandon Wood, Cameron Maybin, Lastings Milledge, Jeremy Hermida, Travis Snider, Andy Marte...

That's unfair to Maybin.


Yeah, a little bit. He can field and he can run, and he's only 25, so he's a useful major-leaguer with some room to improve. But he still hasn't hit (career OPS+ 89) and he's certainly not a star.

I don't think Tiger fans miss him much.
   117. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4320856)

Has there been any official/semiofficial/unofficial chatter on whether or not they're going to give Davis a chance to compete for a rotation spot? Or are they specifically intending to keep him as a reliever like he was last year?

According to all of the twitter talk from various writers, Wade Davis will be given a shot in the rotation. But I am more than willing to defer to AG#1F.


I'm sure he'll get a shot, but right now the rotation is Shields/Santana/Guthrie/Hochevar/Chen. They like Mendoza a lot too, and he was probably their best starter last year. Its quite possibly, maybe even likely at this point that they cut Hochevar in spring training and only pay 1/5 of his salary or whatever it is. But Mendoza is probably next in line, then Davis.

he hottest prospects don't also become superstars right away, and sometimes they don't even become good players.


Sure, but they do become stars more often than not.

Position Players who won Minor League Player of the Year in the last two decades

Manny Ramirez
Derek Jeter
Tim Salmon
Andruw Jones
Alex Gordon
Rocco Baldelli
Delmon Young
Mike Trout
Jason Heyward
Joe Mauer
Jay Bruce
Eric Chavez
Paul Konerko

Wil Myers was Player of the Year. The worst on that list is probably Rocco and he had injury problems or Delmon who is still a serviceable regular.
   118. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4320860)
FWIW, there are rumors the Royals think there is a huge hole in his swing and he can't handle sliders.


They might be right but given Dayton Moore's history as a GM I am inclined to believe that they are wrong.
   119. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4320864)
Myers turns 22 today. Not old by any means, but is there a reason he hasn't appeared in the big leages yet, even for a cup of coffee?
   120. Cooper Nielson Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4320865)
Sure, but they do become stars more often than not.

Yeah, I certainly don't mean to say that I expect Wil Myers to flop. Just that he definitely could, and he wouldn't be the most promising prospect to do so. That doesn't make it a smart trade, but there's a decent chance (20%?) that in 5 years, Royals fans won't particularly care that they lost him.

Delmon who is still a serviceable regular.

I beg to differ. He might be regular (though for 2013, who knows?) but IMHO he's not serviceable. :-)
   121. JRVJ Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4320872)
I've read a number of articles in the MSM about this trade (Rosenthal, Passan, Dan Knobler) and I think that the main disengage between MSM and SABR types is that (ironically) SABR types seem to think that Myers value is an absolute, while MSM types seem to be hinting that the market was not agreeing that Myers had a huge amount of value.

93 and 103 sort of touch upon this in the general sense that the Royals are criticized for not doing things that they simply cannot achieve at this point (i.e., signing no. 2 starters as FAs), but in general terms, saying things like (no offense) trade Myers to Seattle because they will probably overpay for hitting seems like wishful thinking to me
   122. base ball chick Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4320873)
i am not real too sure why exactly all yall think that the royals could just go and buy any FA pitcher they want. it's not like strat cards/fantasy league. youse guys know as well as i do that FA just will NOT go to some teams no matter what they offer. as for over pay, if a team like the royals offered edwin jackson 5 years for 65 mill, all yall would be screaming about how stupid they were to give a contract like that.

are youse seriously saying that either anibal sanchez or edwin jackson is as good or reliable a pitcher as jamie shields?

the royals had absolute crap for starting pitching and no obvious solutions coming up in their minors. they had to do SOMEthing. what exactly is it that they were supposed to do, in your opinion? not have any pitching again and DFA francoeur, put myers in the OF and tell the fans who needs pitching with myers out there?

as for trading off wil myers - well, we can all sit here and name off the top hitting prospects who were supposed to come up and kill ML pitching and didn't. for some bizarre reason, they are in luuuvvvv with frenchy - i mean, the guy belongs in the dale murphy hall of fame for Good Guy - but he is a lousy baseball player. so they weren't gonna use myers ANYWAY. (I am NOT defending their use, in any way, of francoeur - so please don't go there) it took alex gordon 4 YEARS to learn how to him ML pitching. moustakos was supposed to be this great prospect and he took 4 years to come up and he didn't hit league average. there aren't real too many pujols/longoria/braun who come up and immediately kill ML pitching and keep killing it.

at some time, a team is supposed to be trying to put a winning team on the field - a team with major leaguers on it. unless, of course, you are the marlins or astros. there is a difference between always dumping all of your prospects for 3 months of worn out major leaguers (see the astros and aubrey huff) or 5 of em for an overpaid underachiever like miggy EFF tejada - and always waiting and waiting and waiting for all your prospects to suddenly magically form this good team, which seldom happens.

   123. Zach Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4320875)
Myers turns 22 today. Not old by any means, but is there a reason he hasn't appeared in the big leages yet, even for a cup of coffee?

He didn't need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft yet, so he was left off the 40 man roster.

   124. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4320880)
are youse seriously saying that either anibal sanchez or edwin jackson is as good or reliable a pitcher as jamie shields?


I think the point is that Myers + (Sanchez or Jackson) > Shields + Francoeur. The Royals decided they had to improve by improving their starting pitching, but a run on offense is the same as a run on defense (almost).
   125. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4320883)
as for over pay, if a team like the royals offered edwin jackson 5 years for 65 mill, all yall would be screaming about how stupid they were to give a contract like that.
Perhaps many would, but I wouldn't. That's too much for Jackson, but if you have to overpay, you overpay with money instead of talent and you overpay for reasonably good players.
   126. Zach Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4320885)
the royals had absolute crap for starting pitching and no obvious solutions coming up in their minors. they had to do SOMEthing.

In 99% of all the mistakes you will ever make, see, or hear about, the line "We had to do SOMETHING" will come up at some point.

In this case, the Royals really didn't have to do something. Myers is a righthanded right fielder. He matches up directly with their biggest need. Pitching arguably *isn't* their biggest need, because they've got Duffy and Paulino coming off the DL in midsummer.
   127. JRVJ Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4320886)
124, Right, but as you pointed out in 93, it's not clear that Sanchez or Jackson were willing to go to KC (or that the Royals' ownership was willing to break the bank for them).
   128. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4320889)
Yeah, I certainly don't mean to say that I expect Wil Myers to flop. Just that he definitely could

But then so could Shields. While his ability to start 33 games year after year is impressive, it also means he's got a lot of mileage on his arm now. Him going the way of Carlos Zambrano (without the nuttery) isn't some unthinkable proposition either.
   129. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4320891)
124, Right, but as you pointed out in 93, it's not clear that Sanchez or Jackson were willing to go to KC (or that the Royals' ownership was willing to break the bank for them).


Right. I think the theory behind the trade is a good one, but the actual value was a bad one. They should have tried other things - trade for Chris Capuano, trade only for Davis, maybe bid for Ryu since he then can't sign elsewhere.
   130. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4320894)
In 99% of all the mistakes you will ever make, see, or hear about, the line "We had to do SOMETHING" will come up at some point.


This. Plus the Royals didn't do themselves any favors by publicly announcing that they were going to trade Myers for a pitcher.
   131. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4320896)
The Pirates overpaid last year, and he turned them down (3/30 according to reports).


As others have noted, he turned them down becaus he wanted $12M+ per year. As such, a three-year contract for less than he wanted was less attractive to him than a one-year contract with a higher AAV.

The Pirates do have a legitimate problem attracting free agents, but Jackson isn't an example of that.
   132. Esoteric Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4320897)
I'm not thrilled by this trade for Kansas City -- they gave up too much -- but it's nowhere near the disaster that people here are making it out to be. In fact, in terms of the marquee players moving back and forth, I'm fairly confident that Dayton Moore just made a clown out of Andrew Friedman, because Shields has real value and Wil Myers...is going to turn out to be a mirage, IMO. He's magic beanstalk beans. He's Delmon Young.

Meanwhile, Odorizzi is the one whose loss hurts KC the most, I think. Low ceiling, high floor -- the Royals need solid pitching in their pipeline, and he was the closest to a 'sure thing' for a reasonable back-end starter they had. But he's arguably the major value in this trade, not Myer.

I'm surprised to find myself on the contrarian end of this one at BBTF. I have little regard for Moore as a GM, generally. But this isn't Omar Minaya burning Montreal to the ground by dealing Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore for half a season of Bartolo Colon, either.
   133. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4320902)

93 and 103 sort of touch upon this in the general sense that the Royals are criticized for not doing things that they simply cannot achieve at this point (i.e., signing no. 2 starters as FAs), but in general terms, saying things like (no offense) trade Myers to Seattle because they will probably overpay for hitting seems like wishful thinking to me


That's fair, but if there is no team willing to pay a steep price for Myers, then don't trade him. And if you can't sign #2 starters, there are other more creative ways to get good pitching. Why not take Mark Buerhle on in a salary dump? Why not take a gamble on Tommy Hanson? Heck, even a cheaper FA like Joe Blanton may not be a #2, but he's a big upgrade from what you have.

And while I agree that its not as easy as saying "overpay for a free agent and they'll come here", I will remind everyone they did sign Gil Meche.
   134. Nasty Nate Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4320904)
And if you can't sign #2 starters, there are other more creative ways to get good pitching. Why not take Mark Buerhle on in a salary dump? Why not take a gamble on Tommy Hanson? Heck, even a cheaper FA like Joe Blanton may not be a #2, but he's a big upgrade from what you have.


Or, if you offer the biggest posting fee for a pitcher from an Asian league, they can't pick another team over you.
   135. Rants Mulliniks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4320905)
Myers started out as a catcher too, so I would think that probably hindered his overall progress.
   136. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4320908)
Pitching arguably *isn't* their biggest need, because they've got Duffy and Paulino coming off the DL in midsummer.


Neither of whom has proven anything in the majors yet, let alone that they can handle a full-season rotation load as anything more than the rest of the back-of-the-rotation fodder that the Royals have been running out there.

I think the theory behind the trade is a good one, but the actual value was a bad one.


James Shields is a legitimate front-of-the-rotation guy that the Royals don't have. Chris Capuano isn't, Wade Davis isn't, and who knows whether Ryu is. I don't think that the Royals could have gotten that guy anywhere else.

It's an overpay, to be sure - but in the Royals' position, I think it's defensible.

I also agree that if Dayton Moore is being put into a win-or-else position that Glass should have just gone ahead and fired him now, but given that he didn't I really think that Dayton's done a decent job operating under the parameters he's been given.

-- MWE
   137. JRVJ Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4320910)
133, Good point (in theory) on maybe acquiring better pitching in salary dumps. To the extent that the Royals shaved money off of their payroll in past years, taking money in salary dumps should be a way to use that flexibility.

Having said that, I just heard the Effectively Wild podcast this morning (it included an interview of Mike Petriello of Dodgers Blog Mike Sciosia's Tragic Illness) and I was a little surprised when they mentioned that quite a number of teams are willing to take money in salary dumps right now (I can listen up the exact quote if need be). So I don't think it's as clear cut as that.

As to Meche, a sparrow does not a summer make.
   138. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4320911)
But then so could Shields. While his ability to start 33 games year after year is impressive, it also means he's got a lot of mileage on his arm now. Him going the way of Carlos Zambrano (without the nuttery) isn't some unthinkable proposition either.


I would argue Myers is more likely to flop than Shields simply because he's a prospect. We can all list off any number of prospects that busted. I think a big reason this trade is being so widely panned is the two teams involved. On one side you have an organization that has been run as well as any in baseball in the last several years and on the other side an organization that has been as bad as any for an awfully long time. I think if this deal were in the other direction there would still be criticism of Tampa for dealing Myers away but it would be tempered with "gee, I wonder if they see something dicey in Myers' game."
   139. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4320913)
James Shields is a legitimate front-of-the-rotation guy that the Royals don't have. Chris Capuano isn't, Wade Davis isn't, and who knows whether Ryu is. I don't think that the Royals could have gotten that guy anywhere else.


Shields is one of my favorite pitchers in the game, but he's had one ace-level year in the last 4, in front of one of the best defenses in baseball. I'm not sure he is that guy.
   140. Suff Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4320914)
The Royals need an offensive star to build around. They still think Hosmer or Moose will be that guy. It's easier to believe that Myers will be that guy because he hasn't stunk in the majors yet. I'd rather they wait and find out if Myers is that guy. That way, hey, if Hosmer and/or Moose develops, you've got a really scary lineup.

But Moore doesn't have time for that. From the quotes and all that, Moore's job and impatience from casual fans or some other source brought this trade about. I think he believes his lineup is good enough to produce an above-average offense, that the bullpen is good, and he only needs to get an average rotation to contend. I think he's wrong. They've got huge holes at 2B, RF, and probably CF, and only hope at 1B and 3B. The only guys they can count on are Perez, Butler and Gordon.

They are behaving as if they have a complete lineup. There has been no hint of shoring up 2B or the OF. Maybe these moves pay off with a decent rotation, but if they have three guys in their infield hitting .220 and 2/3 of their outfield with a .630ish OPS, they will still lose a lot of games. They have put themselves in the position where they are absolutely hopeless if Hosmer and/or Moose fails, where keeping Myers mitigates that risk considerably. My feeling was always that he was the best of the bunch.
   141. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4320941)
From Chris Martino, Mets beat writer:

This deal was on the table for Mets last week, per source: Niese and Wheeler to KC for Myers and similar package to what TB got for Shields.


Kill me now.
   142. Dan Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4320942)
The Mets ###### up if they really turned that down.
   143. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4320952)
It's an overpay, to be sure - but in the Royals' position, I think it's defensible.

What position?

The position where they're still a good year or two from fielding a good lineup? Because, Shields will be gone by then.

The only "position" is that Moore is one more 70 win season from the unemployment line.
   144. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4320961)
We can all list off any number of prospects that busted.

And the list of good pitchers whose arm went after logging a bunch of innings is short?
   145. The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4320970)
The Mets ###### up if they really turned that down.
Yeah, a potential young superstar OF would be just what the doctor ordered. At least if the Royals are still giving up Odorizzi, I definitely do that as the Mets.
   146. JRVJ Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4320976)
If the Mets did turn that down, then that shows that the market was not valuing Myers as high as most people here.
   147. formerly dp Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4320977)
Yeah, a potential young superstar OF would be just what the doctor ordered. At least if the Royals are still giving up Odorizzi, I definitely do that as the Mets.
Losing both Wheeler and Niese would have really hurt, without Odorizzi coming back. Even with him in the deal, I'm not sure I take it, but maybe I'm overrating Wheeler and underrating Odorizzi and Myers.
   148. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4320978)
Yeah, a potential young superstar OF would be just what the doctor ordered. At least if the Royals are still giving up Odorizzi, I definitely do that as the Mets.


I'd much rather have Niese/Wheeler than Shields/Davis. Ugh.
   149. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4320981)
Sounds like the Royals turned it down. I'd much rather have Niese/Wheeler than Shields/Davis. Ugh.


Why? Shields > Niese, and while Wheeler is probably going to be > Davis, I doubt that difference in 2013 is enough to make up the difference between Shields and Niese.

-- MWE
   150. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4320988)
Why? Shields > Niese, and while Wheeler is probably going to be > Davis, I doubt that difference in 2013 is enough to make up the difference between Shields and Niese.

-- MWE


Probably b/c they're both under team control for a long time.
   151. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4320996)
Yes, because Niese is controlled through 2017 on a reasonable deal, and Wheeler is far more valuable than Davis. I don't see why 2013 should matter, I don't see the Royals being big contenders this upcoming year. I'm looking at 2014-2016.

FWIW, Dayton at his presser says Wade Davis is in the rotation. The Royals beat writers also tweeted that Luke Hochevar is a "lock" for the rotation. So right now Bruce Chen looks like the odd man out.
   152. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4321001)
FWIW, Dayton at his presser says Wade Davis is in the rotation. The Royals beat writers also tweeted that Luke Hochevar is a "lock" for the rotation. So right now Bruce Chen looks like the odd man out.

Why won't they just cut Hochevar? They can still save 75% of his salary.
   153. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4321008)
Why won't they just cut Hochevar?


Because they aren't very good at evaluating talent, and they think he's a good pitcher.
   154. Topher Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4321012)
They've got huge holes at 2B, RF, and probably CF, and only hope at 1B and 3B. The only guys they can count on are Perez, Butler and Gordon.


Dayton Moore would disagree with almost all of this. To me, this seems to be the more interesting part about the trade. Moore seems to be convinced that the only real hole the team had was in the starting pitching.

I don't believe he is terribly high on Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson is just a 5th outfielder. So I think Moore would acknowledge that CF needs an upgrade. But that's probably it. His love for French has been documented repeatedly and Chris Getz is viewed as a very good defensive second baseman that was showing some real pop with the bat before he suffered the season ending injury. (Stats don't show this pop, but the team mentioned it a few times in Spring Training and later on in the season.)

I'm not sure why you'd give up on Hosmer or Moustakas considering their prospect status but it seems to be a given that each is going to take a huge step forward in 2013.

(And personally I'd include Perez in the list of question marks for 2013; he's done extremely well in his 115 MLB sample but he didn't have the minor league track record to suggest what he's done thus far is real.)
   155. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4321017)
Dayton Moore would disagree with almost all of this. To me, this seems to be the more interesting part about the trade. Moore seems to be convinced that the only real hole the team had was in the starting pitching.

Yes, he's very bad at his job.

I'm not sure why you'd give up on Hosmer or Moustakas considering their prospect status but it seems to be a given that each is going to take a huge step forward in 2013.

How is it a given? They could both easily continue to flail.
   156. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4321024)
What does it take for the Royals to win this trade? If they win the World Series next year? If none of the prospects pan out?
   157. Topher Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4321027)
How is it a given? They could both easily continue to flail.


From Moore's perspective ...
   158. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM (#4321032)
Is James Shields better than Doug Fister? He throws a few more innings, but his results aren't as good. Dombrowski got Fister for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, and Fernando Martinez. Shields has two years to go before FA, Fister's not even arb-eligible until 2013.

Shields is very good, and will help KC, and maybe Davis will too. But this is a crazy overpay, made "necessary" by Moore and his staff's complete inability to develop or acquire starting pitching.
   159. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4321038)
made "necessary" by Moore and his staff's inability to develop or acquire starting pitching at all.


C'mon, he's only been on the job for seven years!
   160. andrewberg Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4321042)
Is James Shields better than Doug Fister? He throws a few more innings, but his results aren't as good. Dombrowski got Fister for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, and Fernando Martinez. Shields has two years to go before FA, Fister's not even arb-eligible until 2013.


That was also at a point where Fister's run of success was a couple of months and many people thought his fringy fastball wouldn't play outside of Safeco. He has since added velocity and maintained performance in a more normal park.

He still is not as healthy/durable as Shields, and the Shields track record delivers more predictability than you got with Fister at that time.
   161. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4321043)
What does it take for the Royals to win this trade? If they win the World Series next year? If none of the prospects pan out?

A playoff berth in 2013-14, with Shields/Davis being positive contributors. Unless Myers turns into Ryan Braun, then, yeah a World Series in '13 or '14.
   162. Suff Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4321053)
I'm not sure why you'd give up on Hosmer or Moustakas considering their prospect status but it seems to be a given that each is going to take a huge step forward in 2013.


I'm not giving up on Hosmer or Moose, but they (esp. Hosmer) were so bad last year, it is foolish to assume they will be even average this year. They HAVE to play. I want them to play and to make them fail or succeed. Not giving up at all. But not counting on much for 2013.

Right now, they are counting on contending based on magical bounceback years from Santana, Hosmer, and Francoeur, "big leap" from Moustakas, sustained high performance from Perez, Escobar, and Royals-version Guthrie, a successful return to the rotation for Davis, and no regression from Butler or Gordon or Shields.

I'd be happy if it happened, but very, very surprised.
   163. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4321056)
Probably b/c they're both under team control for a long time.


But if that is your plan, then it truly doesn't make any sense to trade Myers in the first place.

Kansas City's plan, clearly, is to compete in 2013. They won 72 games a year ago. The Royals were 42-21 when scoring 5 or more runs in a game, and while that may seem like a good record, it's not - a typical ML team would have gone 50-13 over 63 games when scoring 5 or more runs. That's not to say that the offense doesn't have problems - 63 games of five or more runs is less than the ML average of 67.5, to be sure, and it's not as though the Royals play in an extreme pitcher's park or anything. But it does point to the thought that the pitching is the most obvious weakness on the team, and getting someone like Shields to front your rotation offers the biggest potential for immediate improvement in that regard. The idea that bounces from Hosmer and Moustakas and having a full season from Perez might be enough to make the offense semi-respectable isn't that far-fetched, and over the short term it's probably more likely than to expect quality starting performances from guys coming off injuries.

Glass has pretty clearly put Moore in a nearly impossible position. I absolutely agree that the odds of pulling this off are long. But I think that if you look at what Moore has done given the position that Glass has put him into, I think he's done as good a job as you might expect.

-- MWE
   164. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4321058)

160 - but this proves my point. Because Moore has been completely unable to make moves like the Fister trade, he's ended up paying a premium for "proven starting pitching". If he could have developed or acquired a couple of these guys, and he's certainly had the time, they wouldn't have traded one of baseball's best prospects, and more, for a #2 starter, or thrown tons of cash at Jeremy Guthrie. If he had gotten a mid-rotation guy back in the Melky trade, to name one example, they wouldn't be in this situation.
   165. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4321060)
But if that is your plan, then it truly doesn't make any sense to trade Myers in the first place.

Kansas City's plan, clearly, is to compete in 2013. They won 72 games a year ago. The Royals were 42-21 when scoring 5 or more runs in a game, and while that may seem like a good record, it's not - a typical ML team would have gone 50-13 over 63 games when scoring 5 or more runs. That's not to say that the offense doesn't have problems - 63 games of five or more runs is less than the ML average of 67.5, to be sure, and it's not as though the Royals play in an extreme pitcher's park or anything. But it does point to the thought that the pitching is the most obvious weakness on the team, and getting someone like Shields to front your rotation offers the biggest potential for immediate improvement in that regard. The idea that bounces from Hosmer and Moustakas and having a full season from Perez might be enough to make the offense semi-respectable isn't that far-fetched, and over the short term it's probably more likely than to expect quality starting performances from guys coming off injuries.

Glass has pretty clear put Moore in a nearly impossible position. I absolutely agree that the odds of pulling this off are long. But I think that if you look at what Moore has done given the position that Glass has put him into, I think he's done as good a job as you might expect.

-- MWE


Agreed, I'd have kept Myers.

But, just b/c Glass threatens Moore's job doesn't mean he has to sell the farm for the short term. He can take the principled road, and do what's best for the org., damn the consequences. He can always get a job as farm director somewhere.
   166. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4321068)
don't know if it's only sub only or not, but BA talked to 6 scouts, none of whom thought KC got reamed (many in fact like like the deal for them).
   167. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4321080)
Glass has pretty clearly put Moore in a nearly impossible position.

No, Moore has put Moore in a nearly impossible position by not building a more competitive club by now.
   168. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4321082)
He can take the principled road, and do what's best for the org., damn the consequences.


Depends on how you define "best for the organization". Is it best for the organization to admit that your five-year plan is still a couple of years away from being successful more than five years later and continue to build for the long-term with little prospect of near-term success? Or is it best for the organization to admit that your boss maybe has a point and that you should go all in on 2013?

To me it's easier to imagine a scenario in which the Royals, with the moves that they've made, being competitive in 2013 than to imagine a scenario in which they keep building for the future, make none of these moves, and become competitive 2-3 years down the road. I don't see enough of the pitching talent developing quickly enough to become ready before the current crop of hitters departs for greener pastures.

-- MWE
   169. SG Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4321084)
I don't think it's a good trade for the Royals, but their division is prime for them to take a shot right now. They may now be the second best team in the AL Central, and that gives them a puncher's chance.
   170. jayjay Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4321087)
Tampa Bay just traded two guys whose first names are the same as the last names if the best players on the Miami heat. Spooky?
   171. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4321093)
Moore has put Moore in a nearly impossible position by not building a more competitive club by now.


Of their four best pitching prospects entering 2013, two have been injured, and one has forgotten how to throw strikes; the fourth was just traded. That happens with pitchers, but things would be looking a lot better otherwise.

I'm not trying to be an apologist for Moore, mind you; the Royals' depth is clearly a problem, since you can't really expect everyone on who you are depending to pan out, and the failure to develop even one useful starter from the system is disturbing. All I'm saying is that he's been put into a position now that is largely but not entirely of his own making, in a market and with an owner that have run out of patience, and he's trying to make the best of it; to pretend that he still has options otherwise is to ignore that reality.

I think Sam Mellinger's take on the trade covers it pretty well.

-- MWE
   172. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4321095)
I'm not trying to be an apologist for Moore, mind you; the Royals' depth is clearly a problem, since you can't really expect everyone on who you are depending to pan out, and the failure to develop even one useful starter from the system is disturbing. All I'm saying is that he's been put into a position now that is largely but not entirely of his own making, in a market and with an owner that have run out of patience, and he's trying to make the best of it; to pretend that he still has options otherwise is to ignore that reality.

He could trade for/sign SP w/o giving up his best prospect.
   173. Mattbert Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4321096)
The Royals need an offensive star to build around. They still think Hosmer or Moose will be that guy.

They have one. Billy Butler hit .313/.373/.510 (140 OPS+) last year. He turns 27 in April.
   174. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4321099)
I think the Royals drafted pitchers pretty well between 2007-2009: Duffy, Montgomery, Lamb, Melville and Dwyer were all seen as good picks at the time. They made a bad pick taking Colon in 2010, not only were there pitchers on the board, but the pitchers were better prospects. In 2011, they watched 4 stud pitchers go off the board right before they picked and it probably was best to take a position player.
   175. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4321100)
All I'm saying is that he's been put into a position now that is largely but not entirely of his own making


He's been in charge for 6 full seasons and the best team he's put on the field went 75-87. That's on Moore.
   176. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4321106)
I don't see enough of the pitching talent developing quickly enough to become ready before the current crop of hitters departs for greener pastures.

I don't get this.

Butler is controlled through '15, Gordon is controlled through '16, Hosmer, Moustakas, Perez, Escobar and Cain through '17.

You're telling me there's no was to assemble an acceptable rotation by 2014 or even 2015 without trading Myers?
   177. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4321108)
The link in 171 is good reading.

The Royals still have a good farm system. Internally, they view Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer as better pitching prospects than Odorizzi. And as several scouts around the sport have observed in recent weeks, Myers and Odorizzi will have to make multiple All-Star Games to accumulate more trade value than they have right now.


True, as soon as someone goes from being a prospect to a major leaguer, suddenly he has to prove himself again.

Myers may be their best homegrown position player since Carlos Beltran, and Shields may be Paul Byrd.


Yeah, they did trade for Paul Byrd, didn't they! Also at age 31. Although he looked about 41 at the time. And he was quite good for the team, in a futile effort.g
   178. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4321118)
And he was quite good for the team, in a futile effort.

Which seems like a reasonable expectation for Shields as well.
   179. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4321125)
And he was quite good for the team, in a futile effort.

Which seems like a reasonable expectation for Shields as well.


The drive for 75 is alive!
   180. BDC Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4321130)
Why won't they just cut Hochevar?

There is the western gate, Luke Hochevar,
There is the setting of a minor star.
Go, for the Royals will cut you away,—
Nor think to riddle the dead words they say,
Nor any more to feel them as they fall;
But go, and trust that NPB will call.
There is the western gate, Luke Hochevar—
Luke Hochevar.

   181. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4321140)
The drive for 75 is alive!

Or else they'll break through like the Orioles did last year, in which case you don't want your (at least) 18th straight meh, if not brutal, pitching staff getting in the way.

They traded a 20/25 overall prospect.(*) They didn't trade Darryl Strawberry or Ken Griffey, Jr.

(*) Or essentially what Wade Davis was five years ago.
   182. Mr. Imperial Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4321142)
It's always good sport to bash Dayton Moore and lionize Andrew Friedman, but anyone want to weigh in on what trading Shields does for the Rays' chances of winning the AL East in 2013? Is the perceived upgrade that Myers provides in the outfield going to outweigh the drop-off from Shields to Niemann/Archer/fifth starter? It seems to me that Tampa was in a very good position to compete for a division title next season, with everyone else in the division looking vulnerable, and may have just traded away their ace for four players who may or may not help them in the future.
   183. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4321146)
It's always good sport to bash Dayton Moore and lionize Andrew Friedman, but anyone want to weigh in on what trading Shields does for the Rays' chances of winning the AL East in 2013? Is the perceived upgrade that Myers provides in the outfield going to outweigh the drop-off from Shields to Niemann/Archer/fifth starter? It seems to me that Tampa was in a very good position to compete for a division title next season, with everyone else in the division looking vulnerable, and may have just traded away their ace for four players who may or may not help them in the future.


I think they hope Matt Moore makes the jump and his production replaces Shields while Niemann/Archer/Odorizzi replaces Moore's production.
   184. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4321148)
Wil Myers is the 3rd or 4th best prospect in the game.
   185. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4321150)
Because Moore has been completely unable to make moves like the Fister trade, he's ended up paying a premium for "proven starting pitching". If he could have developed or acquired a couple of these guys, and he's certainly had the time, they wouldn't have traded one of baseball's best prospects, and more, for a #2 starter, or thrown tons of cash at Jeremy Guthrie. If he had gotten a mid-rotation guy back in the Melky trade, to name one example, they wouldn't be in this situation.


BINGO. I've been beating this drum for awhile now. Dayton has been insisting the only way to develop is to draft guys, wait for them to develop, then add vets. He has seemingly no ability to scour other teams' rosters for undervalued talent the way Andrew Friedman or Billy Beane has done. Had he found a diamond in the rough or two, he wouldn't have to spend so many resources on pitching now.

They made a bad pick taking Colon in 2010, not only were there pitchers on the board, but the pitchers were better prospects.


And supposedly their decision was either Colon or Chris Sale. The rest is history.
   186. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4321153)
Wil Myers is the 3rd or 4th best prospect in the game.

Ten and 28, going backwards, the last two years in BA's list.
   187. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4321154)
I think people would feel better about this trade for the Royals if they thought Moore would ditch Francoeur and find somebody worth giving a chance to in RF instead of committing to playing him every day. Instead they're "going all in" by trading top prospects for pitching while doing some of the same moronic things that have gotten them to this point in the first place. If Moore had shown that he was capable of putting a team on the field that looked like it might be a couple pitchers away from contention then this would be a lot more acceptable.
   188. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4321156)
Ten and 28, going backwards, in BA's list.


3rd at midseason 2012.
   189. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4321157)
Fister had a lot more risk when the Tigers acquired him than Shields does now. To minimize risk -- potential variance of performance -- you pay extra.
   190. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4321159)
I think they hope Matt Moore makes the jump and his production replaces Shields while Niemann/Archer/Odorizzi replaces Moore's production.


Plus hoping that Cobb will be more consistent next season and put up above league average numbers.
   191. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4321161)
3rd at midseason 2012.

After guys ahead of him got promoted and before the new draft class got put on the lists. He's not Machado, he's not Bundy, he's not Profar, he's not Matt Moore, etc.
   192. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4321164)
Sean Casey was the #20 prospect and ready for The Show when John Hart flipped him for Dave Burba.
   193. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4321165)
Dayton says expect more trades like this going forward.

Not sure if it was a promise or a threat.


After guys ahead of him got promoted and before the new draft class got put on the lists. He's not Machado, he's not Bundy, he's not Profar, he's not Matt Moore, etc.


Machado isn't a prospect anymore, neither is Moore. I'd say Bundy will be #1 on nearly every list, then it will be probably Profar then Myers or Oscar Taveras depending on who you talk to. I can't imagine anyone from the 2012 draft class being ahead of him. Who else would be up there? Gerrit Cole? Tajuan Walker? I think Myers is better than both.
   194. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4321166)
After guys ahead of him got promoted and before the new draft class got put on the lists. He's not Machado, he's not Bundy, he's not Profar, he's not Matt Moore, etc.


In July Sickels had him higher than everyone but Profar.
   195. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4321167)
Who else would be up there? Gerrit Cole? Tajuan Walker? I think Myers is better than both.


Oscar Taveras, maybe Byron Buxton. I still think Myers gets 3rd.
   196. SG Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4321168)
In July Sickels had him higher than everyone but Profar.


Forget it, he's rolling.
   197. Nasty Nate Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4321171)
It's always good sport to bash Dayton Moore and lionize Andrew Friedman, but anyone want to weigh in on what trading Shields does for the Rays' chances of winning the AL East in 2013? Is the perceived upgrade that Myers provides in the outfield going to outweigh the drop-off from Shields to Niemann/Archer/fifth starter? It seems to me that Tampa was in a very good position to compete for a division title next season, with everyone else in the division looking vulnerable, and may have just traded away their ace for four players who may or may not help them in the future.


Well, their 'ace' is Price not Shields. But, yes this trade most likely weakens their 2013 team. They are sacrificing the present for the future - but the gamble is mitigated by their organizational depth at SP, and organizational emptiness at OF. And they are a cheapskate team, so money was a factor.
   198. formerly dp Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4321182)
It seems to me that Tampa was in a very good position to compete for a division title next season, with everyone else in the division looking vulnerable, and may have just traded away their ace for four players who may or may not help them in the future.
There's still a lot of offseason left to travel, but as of now, the AL East looks as interesting as it has in years.
   199. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4321191)
There's still a lot of offseason left to travel, but as of now, the AL East looks as interesting as it has in years


CAIRO tends to flatten things anyway, but it has all four non-Oriole teams within two games of each other.

http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/RLYW/comments/cairo_2013_v0.2s_extremely_early_and_completely_useless_2013_projected_mlb_
   200. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4321201)
The 28 was after a year when he struggle with an injury - he's been pretty clear a top 10, top 15 prospect throughout his minor league career.

Crticizing the selection of Colon seems like hindsight, to me.
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