In case you were wondering, Sandy Alderson had a standing offer of Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese for the same package the Royals gave up for James Shields and Wade Davis. This according to what a source told Andy Martino of the Daily News.
This deal was on the table for Mets last week, per source: Niese and Wheeler to KC for Myers and similar package to what TB got for Shields.
Wil Myers, right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard or thereabouts, for Wheeler and Niese.
Original Post 12/9 11:30 PM
Jon Heyman is reporting that the Kansas City Royals have traded prized outfield prospect Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays for starting pitcher James Shields and reliever Wade Davis.
** Heyman confirmed that it’s Shields, Davis & PTBNL for Myers, right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
I’ve been saying all along that the Royals wanted someone younger and that their interest in R.A. Dickey was being overly exaggerated. There are real concerns about Dickey’s age, being a one year rental, and what the Mets are demanding for him.
The talk that the Royals would get desperate for Dickey once Zack Greinke signed was so over the top and not based on reality. It made no sense.
Shields, 30, won 15 games for the Rays last season with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 227.2 innings pitched with 223 strikeouts. He is signed through 2013 with a $12 million team option for 2014.
Wade, 26, had a tremendous season in 2012 and posted a 2.43 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 70 innings pitched with 87 strikeouts and just 27 walks. He is under team control through 2017.
The Mets need to make up their minds and stop dilly-dallying.
If you want Dickey then extend him already and stop jerking the guy around…
If you want to trade him for an outfielder stop yanking everyone’s chain and make a bonafide offer….
Enough of this waiting nonsense.
Start bringing in all these wholesale changes you promised over two months ago…
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