The Blockbuster Deal We’ve All Been Waiting for Has Happened

Pretty easy to guess what RCG and every Rays website on the planet is going to be talking about today. The Rays have traded their number two starter James Shields and Wade Davis, who was lights-out out of the bullpen in 2012 after working as a starter previously, in exchange for Wil Myers, an outfielder who is right up there for the top prospect in baseball, Jake Odorizzi, the Royals’ top pitching prospect, lefty Mike Montgomery, another former top prospect who is coming off a miserable 2012, and Patrick Leonard, a corner infield way down at Rookie ball. The Rays trade some 2013 value for major upgrades to their minor league system and the future of their major league team. Much more coming but I’d be remiss if I don’t mention this franchise-altering trade until it finally seeps in in several hours.

Topics: Jake Odorizzi, James Shields, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Wade Davis, Wil Myers

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  • Otis26

    “Montgomery, another top prospect coming of a miserable 2012 AND 2011.”

    Fixed.

    • Robbie_Knopf

      True, but Baseball America still ranked him the Royals’ #1 prospect after 2011. The wheels completely came off in 2012.

      • jimfetterolf

        Montgomery can’t command his fastball to set up his plus change and lacks much of a third pitch. Maybe a change of scenery will help, but he had pitched his way down from #1 prospect to toss-in on a bigger trade, a left-handed Jeremy Jeffress, dazzles the radar gun, doesn’t impress the umpire. I see Monty as maybe a closer down the line, a Greg Holland type IF he can get command.

        • Robbie_Knopf

          Plenty of risk with Montgomery, but the #1 starter upside is still there and the Rays will look to find it. Otherwise a move to relief is likely, and there’s nothing wrong with pairing a potential star outfielder in Myers and a solid mid-rotation arm in Odorizzi with a fireballing reliever.