Jon Heyman just tweeted that the Tampa Bay Rays have traded “Big Game” James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals in return for uber-stud Wil Myers, former first-rounder Jake Odorizzi, 22-year-old LHP Mike Montgomery, and 20-year-old third baseman Patrick Leonard.
It seems that the Winter Meetings were more about laying the groundwork for blockbusters than it was for actual trades.
There was some buzz about the Mets asking for Myers from the Royals in return for R.A. Dickey, but obviously, that’s not happening now. Not only did KC get a frontline starter in Big Game James, but they also receive a very solid middle reliever in Wade Davis. And actually, Davis was an OK starter in 2010 and 2011, before transitioning to the ‘pen, so the Royals might consider moving him back to the rotation. Davis’ numbers weren’t spectacular as a starter, but they were decent for a #4 or #5 — especially when you consider most of his starts came against AL East offensive powerhouses.
To put this deal in perspective, the Mets likely would have had to part with both R.A. Dickey (or, Jonathon Niese) and someone like Dillon Gee or Bobby Parnell in order to land Myers. Think about that.
Also, think about the fact that Sandy Alderson’s options are quickly dwindling as teams that were interested in R.A. are acquiring other pitchers. On the flip side, it could be argued that other pitchers are coming off the block, possibly making R.A. a more in-demand entity. It’s all about perspective, I guess.
What do you think? Does the Dodgers’ signing of Zack Greinke and the Royals’ trade for Shields and Davis make R.A. a hotter or cooler commodity? Answer in the comments.
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