Rays Trade James Shields, Wade Davis to Royals in Multi-Player Deal

The blockbuster of the winter offseason happened late last night.  The deal has been in the works since the Winter Meetings, but it finally gained steam last night.  The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to send James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for some of Kansas City's top prospects.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays will get top minor league player Wil Myers along with Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard.  The big part of the deal is Myers.

Myers was the consensus minor league player of the year last season.  He hit .314/.387/.600 last season between Double-A and Triple-A.  He also had 37 home runs.  The Rays hope he will develop into a superstar.  The other prospects involved in the deal are no slouches either.  Odorizzi made his Major League debut last season and has been a top-100 prospect for the last two seasons according to Baseball America.  Montgomery had a rough year last season, but he also is a top prospect according to Baseball America.  He has been rated in the top-50 the last three seasons.  Finally, Leonard just finished Rookie League ball by hitting 14 home runs in 62 games.

Kansas City gave up a lot in this deal, but they hope Shields and Davis can anchor their rotation and make them instant contenders.  The team is actually shaping up to be quite good.  Here is the projected starting rotation:

James Shields
Jeremy Guthrie
Ervin Santana
Wade Davis
Bruce Chen

That's not a bad rotation on paper.  Of course, there are some concerns about Santana, and nothing is guaranteed even if a rotation looks good on paper.  The Royals better hope this deal works out, because they traded away some of their top talent.

Shields and Davis were integral parts of the Rays rotation over the past few seasons.  They were both developed by the Rays and had success with the Rays. Shields is 87-73 with a 3.89 ERA.  He only has one more year of team control before being eligible for free agency.  Davis is 28-22 with a 3.94 ERA in his career.  He won't be a free agent until the 2016 season.

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