Royals willing to trade prospect Wil Myers for starting pitcher

by Matthew on November 26, 2012

A major league source confirmed late Monday night that the Red Sox have discussed a deal that would send Jon Lester to Kansas City, with the Royals’ top prospect, outfielder Wil Myers, potentially going to Boston.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star was first to report the talks earlier in the day, which also including Kansas City looking into acquiring Tampa Bay starter James Shields in a separate package of players.

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The Royals have already traded for Ervin Santana and re-signed Jeremy Guthrie this offseason, and are still in the hunt for another top starter to round out their rotation, and are apparently willing to deal one of the most promising young hitters in the game in order to make it happen.

The 21-year old Meyers is coming off a 2012 season in which he hit a combined .317 with a .987 and 37 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. He also had 109 RBI in 134 games.

Meanwhile, Lester who is poised to drag down $11.625 million in 2013, is coming off a 9-14 season with a 4.82 ERA.

The 31-year old Shields on the other hand, will earn $10.25 million in 2013 and went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings for the Rays in 2012.

The biggest question here is whether the Sox or the Rays are willing to give up their proven pitchers for a minor-leaguer who at best is projected as a 30-homer bat at the Major League level over the next two to three years.

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