Rays flush with Royals

The Royals have picked up right-hander James Shields, right-hander Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash from Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Wil Myersright-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Shields and Davis join a newly created starting rotation that includes Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin SantanaBruce Chen and Luke Hochevar as the Royals go for the 2013 postseason.

The Rays potentially have significantly improved themselves for years to come adding the 22-year old Myers who is the  2012 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .304/.378/.554 with 37 homers, 109 RBI and 98 runs in 134 minor-league games last season (35 in Double-A, 99 in Triple-A). He did, however, whiff 140 times in 591 PA.

Odorizzi had a record of a 2.93 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 over the course of 107.1 innings and was Omaha’s Pitcher of the Year.

Montgomery, 23, is a left-handed pitcher who struggled last season at 5-12 with a 6.07 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A.

Leonard, 20, played 62 games in rookie ball last season, hitting .251/.340/.494 with 14 homers, 46 RBI and 37 runs.

Shields, 30, was 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts in 227.2 innings pitched last season for the Rays and Davis, 27, had a 2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings out of the Rays’ bullpen last season. He was 11-10 with a 4.45 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 105 strikeouts in 184 innings as a 2011 starter.

While the Royals see this as an opportunity to immediately become a postseason contender, this deal did not come at cheap price. Myers is highly regarded and may now have the young bat that this team has been seeking for years. The Rays still have a wide surplus of talent for their rotation and right now are positioned to be the class of the AL East for the foreseeable future.