The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly agreed to trade pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for highly-touted prospect Wil Meyers. Plenty of people have plenty to say in the Twittersphere in light of this blockbuster trade.
The Royals' official Twitter page broke the news:
#Royals acquire RHPs James Shields, Wade Davis and player to be named or cash from Tampa Bay for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) December 10, 2012
Former ESPN Baseball Tonight host Steve Berthiaume provided the contract details for the prominent players involved in the trade:
James Shields making $9 million for 2013 & $12 million for 2014, both club options. Wade Davis signed thru '14 plus options thru 2017.— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) December 10, 2012
ESPN baseball analyst Jim Bowden could definitely appreciate the bold move the Royals franchise made:
Royals make biggest splash to improve starting rotation in the Dayton Moore era with James Shields and Wade Davis acquisitions from TB— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 10, 2012
A franchise-defining trade for the Royals. Takes serious guts to give up prospect like Wil Myers. And they need someone like James Shields.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2012
Rays 101: Build assets, flip at their peak, hope return better than the previous. Nobody better at it than Andrew Friedman.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2012
Friedman is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Rays and has produced a fantastic team considering the limited money the team has to play with.
CBS Sports reporter John Heyman went as far to imply that the lowly Royals now have to be considered a dangerous American League team in light of acquiring Shields and Davis:
shields & wade davis for myers plus more prospects is big, bold move for #royals. they are stamped as a threat as of today.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2012
Shields won 15 games last year and 16 the year before, although he did struggle in the past two first-round playoff exits for Tampa. Still, that didn't stop Kansas City pitcher Dan Duffy from referring to Shields with high praise:
Big. Game. James.— Danny Duffy (@dduffkc23) December 10, 2012
While Shields provides help to the front of the rotation; Davis can provide help to the staff as well.
CBS' Scott Miller provides some words from Rays general manager Andrew Friedman:
#Rays GM Friedman on blockbuster: "We’re always balancing the present & the future and we’re always trying to thread the needle..."— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 10, 2012
Former Rays pitcher Matt Garza weighed in as well:
All I know is that KC just became a contender! Adding Shields and Davis to their staff! #gamechangers— Matt garza (@Gdeuceswild) December 10, 2012
The Rays led the MLB with a 3.19 ERA in 2012 and will be losing some valuable assets, but they will gain a valuable prospect in Myers in the outfield. Friedman seems to think he will blossom into a fantastic player for the Rays, and based on his track record, it's hard to doubt him.