KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals completed a blockbuster trade on Sunday night, sending two of their top prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays for starting pitcher James Shields and reliever Wade Davis.
Outfielder Wil Myers is one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was expected to compete for a spot in the Royals’ starting rotation this year. The Rays also get a pair of minor league prospects in pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. As a bonus, the Royals will receive cash and a player to be named later.
By making this trade, the Royals immediately improve their starting rotation. Shields was an All-Star in 2011, and posted a 15-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 2012.
Davis was previously a starter for the Rays, but was converted to a relief pitcher last season and finished 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA. He could very well start in Kansas City.
Myers had a .314 batting average and hit 37 home runs last season with the Royals’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. Odorizzi posted a record of 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA at Triple-A Omaha.