According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays are on the verge of a trade that involves the reigning Minor League Player of the Year and one of MLB's most reliable starting pitchers over the last couple of seasons.
Other than Wil Myers and James Shields being involved, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that starting pitcher Wade Davis and a player to be named later will be sent to the Royals, with starting pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and infielder Patrick Leonard landing in Tampa.
General manager Dayton Moore has made it a point this offseason of revamping the Royals' starting rotation. This trade comes after Kansas City signed free agent Jeremy Guthrie and acquired Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
However, this trade is drawing some negative commentary via Twitter.
My quick take: This is the worst trade in MLB history unless Wade Davis becomes a good starter, in which case it's only the second-worst.— robneyer (@robneyer) December 10, 2012
I am just sick of big-market teams like the Rays taking advantage of indigent owners like David Glass— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 10, 2012
Are the Royals mortgaging the future of the franchise for an attempt to win now?
It's not mortgaging the future when pitching prospects rarely come as advertised. Pitching is harder to develop and thus is pricey.— KC Sports Corner (@KCSportsCorner) December 10, 2012
I am a huge fan of going for it, the price just seems awfully, awfully steep. #Royals— David Lesky (@DBLesky) December 10, 2012
It seems that both teams got better in areas they needed to with this deal; the Rays added a bat, and the Royals have obviously upgraded their rotation.
The key will be whether Kansas City can turn their additions into wins. If not, the road to turning this franchise around just took a wrong turn down a dead-end street.
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