Rays get Royals’ Wil Meyers in exchange for James Shields

by Matthew on December 10, 2012

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.

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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.

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