“The Rays are the only team, when you look around, that could have made a deal like that,” said one longtime National League scout. “They had the established, young veteran pitching, and they got some of Kansas City’s best young players. I think both teams did what they had to do given where each is in their development. It’s amazing that Tampa Bay can unload two excellent pitchers like that and still have so much left. And that they can make a deal like that and still be considered contenders. Because with their pitching, and maybe an enhanced offense, the down side to this even initially isn’t going be that bad for them.”
The Rays may elect to keep Myers in Triple A until May so they have one more year of control over him. It also wouldn’t be shocking if the Rays decided to approach Myers much as they did Longoria and try to tie him up with a long-term deal through his arbitration years.
One NL scout was amazed at how many peers he’s spoken to who thought Tampa Bay got the best of the deal.
“I guess I’m in the minority,” said the scout. “I thought KC did a great job. You add two quality starting pitchers to your rotation like they did, I think you’ve done a lot. Some of those prospects are talented kids, but they’re prospects.”
So before getting too excited about Shields’s departure from the AL East, just think about the fact that Tampa Bay has more pitchers where Shields and Davis came from. And now they’ve added two more in Odorizzi and Montgomery, who could be very good down the road.