I dunno, I see this as a win for both teams. KC badly needed to upgrade its rotation and now they've added Shields, Davis and Ervin Santana, plus re-signed Jeremy Guthrie. Their young lineup is already pretty good and will be even better if Perez stays healthy for the full season and if Hosmer and Cain develop as expected.
Myers is a big trade chip, no doubt, and I fully expect him to be in TB's Opening Day lineup (unless they wait a few weeks for service time reasons). Seems like KC might've given up on Odorizzi and Montgomery too early, but Montgomery has been garbage the last two years in Triple-A, we'll see if the Rays can fix him. It's nuts that the Rays can lose Shields and Davis and yet their pitching staff is still one of the league's best --- Price, Moore, Hellickson, Cobb, Niemann, plus Archer as a swing man and don't have have at least one more really good young prospect in the wings?
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I've been a Royals fan since 1969 when they entered into existence. The 1985 World Series Championship seems so far away. Graves9 is spot on. Dayton Moore is a dunce. Shields is a perfectly fine starter, but he costs a ton and the Royals have control for two seasons. Dumbass Moore.
This is unbelievable. Keith Law over at ESPN wrote that he wouldn't be surprised if this deal leads directly to Dayton Moore's firing, and it is tough to argue against him. Shields is good, but ... Wil Myers is 22 and was named top minor league player in the country by Baseball American this past season, and going into this past season, the same publication had Mike Montgomery rated ahead of the Myers as the Royals' top minor league prospect!
The contrast in management between these two small-spending clubs is on full display here. This trade is why the Rays have managed to be competitive for several years now, and it is why the Royals have been a joke for much longer than that. Poor pieman.
Should still be on the game recap page. Helton basically makes the out at first, scooping up the ball in the dirt, and raises both fists with a mighty victory shout. Truly the culmination of a long career that was fruitless to this point.