The Tampa Bay Rays will get Baseball America’s Player of the Year. And all it cost them was a pitcher — a really good pitcher.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for Wil Myers and a package of prospects.
Although the deal still isn’t finalized, it looks like KC has landed the frontline starter they’ve been looking for.
Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts, while hurling 227 2/3 innings last season in Tampa, which many considered a down year.
Meanwhile, the Rays get Meyers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard. Last season Myers hit .314 with 37 homers and 109 RBIs in 134 games at Triple-A Omaha, and is arguably the best hitting prospect in baseball.
Myers will no doubt open the 2013 season with the Rays in a starting role, and has the potential to add some much needed pop to their lineup.