Dear Royals fans: After reading last night's blockbuster trade involving the Minor League player of the year (and can't miss prospect) Will Myers; your best pitching prospect, Jake Odorizzi, your former best pitching prospect, Mike Montgomery, and a low minors 3B masher, going to Tampa Bay for a 31 year old pitcher with 2 years left on his contract , James Shields; and a middle reliever with a history of psychological issues, Wade Davis (what, getting rid of Grienke and his issues didn't work out?), plus a PTBNL, I am wondering what kind of pictures Andrew Friedman must have of Dayton Moore? Maybe something involving his good buddy the green grocer?
I went over the the Royals site last night royalsreview and read not only the predictable, (and totally appropriate) outrage, F-Bombs etc., plus some EXTREMELY condescending Rays fans on the Royals page, telling them the trade wasn't so bad. It made me feel very sorry for Royals fans, which, as an Astros fan these days, is extremely hard to do. My favorite post, which I can't quote precisely was:
Royals new advertising slogan for 2013: F___ it.
How in anyone's world does this trade make any sense for Kansas City? To what extent did A Friedman and company throw a party in their pants last night? Can ANYONE defend this trade?
I'm OK with the concept of the Royals trading their best hitting prospect for pitching. They have a good number of young hitters ( Hosmer, Moustakis, Butler, Gordon, Cain, etc.), and may feel like the time is now to upgrade their starting rotation and make a run. And Myers is their most valuable trade piece. I understand and agree that the time may be ripe to trade the minor league POY for a good young starting pitcher. I would understand perfectly if a package was put together for David Price. i would understand if Myers was traded straight up for Matt Moore. I understand that Tampa Bay has a plethora of good young starting pitching to choose from in addition to these two ( Cobb, Archer, Hellickson). I get all of that. But to trade for a 31 year old pitcher who is only under contract for 2 years, who is a good but not GREAT pitcher, one who's baseball reference fWar was 64th in baseball last year , AND to throw in not only your best pitching prospect, your former best pitching prospect and another minor leaguer, is unbelievably bad trading. I know Wade Davis is not chopped liver, and will also move directly into the Royals rotation. But he has tried starting in the past with some less than impressive results. As the Holiday season is upon us, it seems like the gift of giving is alive and well in Kansas City's front office.
So, fellow TCB'ers, does anyone want to try and defend this trade? Or did AF just commit an act of assault for which he should be investigated?