Doesn’t this always happen? You’re sitting at home, watching nonsense on television and trying to finalize some holiday travel plans. You decide to scroll through Twitter for a second only to discover that yet another massive trade has been completed, and this time it involves one of the biggest prospects in baseball and a familiar American League East foe.
The Royals have found pitching. The Rays have restocked with young talent.
Royals get: RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis and a player to be named later
Rays get: OF Wil Myers, RHP Jake Odorizzi, LHP Mike Montgomery and 3B Patrick Leonard
Myers is in the mix for top position player in the minors, while Odorizzi and Montgomery are also big name prospects, and Leonard showed considerable power in rookie ball this year.
Shields is the ace the Royals have been looking for, and he caps a winter in which Kansas City has signed Jeremy Guthrie and traded for Ervin Santana. If they put Davis in their rotation as well, they’ll have four new starters.