The Rays have been wheeling and dealing this winter and their biggest move came tonight, trading pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for top prospect outfielder Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi and two minor leaguers.
Tampa Bay has been shopping for a power hitter during the offseason and by trading Shields, their all-time leader in wins, starts, innings pitched and strike outs, they were able to acquire one. Myers smashed 37 home runs last season between double-A and triple-A, to go along with 109 RBI. The right-handed outfielder is considered the top overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America hitting .314 in 2012.
The Rays also receive Kansas City's fifth rated overall prospect in right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The hurler made his first two big league starts this season, going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA. Minor leaguers Mike Montgomery (left-handed pitcher) and third baseman Patrick Leonard round out the deal.
Shields had been the topic of many trade rumors this off-season. The 31-year old was a 16th round selection by the Rays and has been an innings eater for the club during his career in Tampa Bay. Davis was converted in to a reliever and could be moved back to a starting role with the Royals. Davis, 27 went 3-0 in 54 appearances this season.
Myers was the key acquisition for the Rays, helping to sure up the hitting production lost when BJ Upton left in free agency. The High Point, North Carolina native turns 22 tomorrow, and was the consensus Minor League Player of the Year.