The Kansas City Royals gambled their future Sunday night for a chance to win right now. The Royals acquired former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis from Tampa Bay in a six-player deal that sent top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzialong with two other minor leaguers to the Rays. The swap immediately bolsters the Royals’ starting rotation and should make them a contender in the relatively weak American League Central. Along with giving up Myers, widely voted the minor leagues’ top player last season, the Royals also traded away Odorizzi, a talented right-hander who would have competed for a spot in the Kansas City rotation this season. Left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard also are headed to the Rays, while the Royals will receive a player to be named or cash.

Here’s a little baseball for you this morning seeing we’ve been inundated with football the past 24 hours. I like the move by the Royals. They’re trying to win now. I understand the Myers is a top prospect, but so was Michael Pineda and a dozen other guys we’ve seen the past couple years. Nothing is for sure. Shields is a top of the line pitcher, barring injury, we know that. However… if Myers is what they say he is; great deal for the Rays.


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