Super Fast Reaction Rays-Royals MegaDeal: Most Lopsided Trade EVER?

Updated: December 9, 2012

In case you missed it, the Rays just traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for Wil Meyers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. Just so we’re clear, Meyers was the Royals (and maybe baseball’s) best prospect and Montgomery and Odorizzi were arguably their best pitching prospects.

I’ll be honest, I feel like I’m missing something here. The Rays just dealt a below average major league starter (Davis) and a guy they weren’t going to have much more control over (Shields) for what could be the best prospect haul in history. Was Royals GM Dayton Moore drunk? If he isn’t fired by tomorrow morning the fans should riot. Unless Davis turns into the next Roger Clemens this might be one of the most lopsided trades ever, right up there with the one that netted the Red Sox a young Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb.

The Rays now have six years (minimum) of team control over baseball’s best outfielder without a game on his resume and seven (!!!) legitimate starters on the roster with Price, Moore, Hellickson, Neiman, Odorizzi, and Montgomery. Rays GM Andrew Friedman just pulled off a coup. Dick Cheney got away with less.

For the Royals, they now have a starting rotation that boasts Shields at the top, followed by Ervin Santana, Jeremy Gutherie, Davis, and Bruce Chen. That’s not terrible but at what cost? I didn’t agree with trading Meyers when the idea was first floated, but I thought that if they did pull the trigger they would get a huge return, not James Shields and Wade Davis. And not while letting go such secondary talent.

This trade is ridiculous. Congrats to Andrew Friedman.

WAAAAYYYYY more detailed reaction of this trade to follow in the morning.

-Max Frankel


  1. Eric

    December 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

    To be fair, Myers has a history of striking out a lot at the minor league level, none of the players the Royals traded have proven anything yet at the ML level, and the Royals still have a lot of talent in their farm system. Time will tell, but I think you’ve jumped the gun a bit in your initial reaction. As to what they got in return, Shields, Guthrie & Santana will give the Royals a huge boost to what was the team’s only serious weakness, and Davis will either add to what’s already one of the league’s best relief corps or will slip into the # 4 or 5 spot in a vastly improved rotation.

  2. LD

    December 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The Royals haven’t done a great job of developing promising young talent on the MLB level, especially pitchers. Yes, they do have some young talent, but no MLB success to show for it. This trade gives them an ace and a 3/4. I think they Royals know something we don’t, why else did they let Myers sit in Omaha all summer? I think it’s because they don’t believe his swing will translate to big league success. It’s one thing to beat up a bunch of washed up AAA pitchers. Only time will tell I guess, but atleast they are making efforts to get better at the top level and not Omaha!!!! If they don’t start winning and competing for titles late in the season, it’s going to be tough to retain Gordon, Pena, Mous, Hosmer, etc….Royals have way too many outfielders anyhow, plus Cain played well and Bubba is making his way thru the minors.

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