Re: Big Rays Royals trade
posted at 12/10/2012 2:38 PM EST
In response to mef429's comment:
This is a horrible trade by the Royals because they're trading away their furure for a couple of good veterans...but not good enough to make them serious contenders. Shields is 30 years old. This writer hits the nail on the head, in accessing this deal:
Ithey royals got shields (who is money) and davis (long relief/starter) for a slew of prospects. at the end of the day your getting 2 known commodities for a series of unknowns. won't know for sure "who won" until those prospects step foot into the mlb.
My first take was that this was a âbig, big gamble.â Now that we know we know that the Royals have thrown in Jake Odorizzi, it goes from âgambleâ to âmalpractice.â
Odorizzi pitched two games in Kansas City in 2012, but his work on the farm has been quite nice. In 145 total innings across Double and Triple-A in 2012, Odorizzi posted a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio. And heâs just 22.
To sum up: the Royals gave up a top slugging prospect and a guy who figures to be a number three starter â each of whom are under team control for six years â for a veteran starter who is under team control for two years max, and a swingman who, one would assume, the Royals want to start again.
I think itâs quite possible that this trade makes the Royals better in the short term and, likewise, may make the Rays worse in the short term. But itâs not going to make the Royals good enough to seriously contend in that short term and really kills them in the long term.
Not liking this deal from the Royals perspective. Not liking it at all: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/09/rays-and-royals-blockbuster-royals-trade-will-myers-to-tampa-bay-for-james-shields-and-wade-davis/
Meanwhile, from the standpoint of the Rays: http://www2.tbo.com/news/rays/2012/dec/09/11/rays-trade-shields-davis-to-royals-for-four-prospe-ar-580359/#poll_620
The Sox should take lessons from the Oakland A'a and Rays on how to build your team through the minor league system, and cheap free agents. Then, when the opportunity presents itself to land that stud pitcher, someone like a Pedro Martinez...you augment, and strike. The Sox have the money to add a great player or two. The A's and Rays don't. There needs to be a balance. But, the corp of a great team must be home grown.