So… here’s something that might have some implications on the American League East:
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 10, 2012
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 10, 2012
And we thought adding Yunel Escobar was a nice piece of offence to add to a pitching-rich Rays club.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports either types really fast or saw this one coming a mile away, as he’s already got a story up, in which he explains that Wil Myers is one of the best hitting prospects in the Majors, Baseball America’s minor league player of the year, noting that he hit “.314/.387/.600 with 37 homers, 109 RBI and 98 runs in 134 minor-league games last season (35 in Double-A, 99 in Triple-A).” And while the Triple-A portion was in the hitter-friendly PCL, it was in the much more normal environment of Omaha (you know, beautiful coastal Omaha!).
He’s a middle of the order bat making the league minimum for the next three years, and arbitration eligible for three more after that. Pure gold for a cash-strapped Rays club. And… well…
Hey, at least Jeff Francoeur’s job is safe. — keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 10, 2012
Ugh. But I’ll say for the Royals that they can hit. And adding Shields, and possibly Davis, to a rotation with Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana and Bruce Chen puts the Royals immediately in contention in the shitty American League Central.
It’s just… here’s the whole trade:
I mean, Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery, too? Uh… fuck you, Dayton.
Who’s your ninja GM now
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 10, 2012
Like, I get why the Royals think this is their window– and especially how Royals’ management figures six years down the line doesn’t matter, because they’re not going to be in the job by then anyway– but… yeah, that looks like a very good deal for the Rays, whose rotation doesn’t even take a terrible hit in the near term– Price, Hellickson and Moore, with Archer, Cobb, Niemann and now Odorizzi easily able to fill out the back end. Maybe Montgomery, too, if he ever puts his struggles behind him.