Rays trade Shields, Davis to Royals for Myers, prospects

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Rays trade Shields, Davis to Royals for Myers, prospects

Red Sox fans envisioning former Royals top prospect Wil Myers manning the outfield in Fenway Park will someday get their wish . . . but he won't be wearing a Red Sox jersey.

Myers is the newest member of the Tampa Rays, who traded pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to land him as well as two pitching prospects, RHP Jake Odorizzi and LHP Mike Montgomery, and infield prospect Patrick Leonard.

The Red Sox and Rays reportedly had a discussion about potentially swapping Sox pitcher Jon Lester for Myers, but those talks clearly didn't pick up enough steam on both sides.

The Rays were reportedly interested in the deal at that time as well.

Myers was the consensus 2012 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America and USA Today. Kansas City, though, was looking to improve their pitching staff now.

Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 33 games (227.2 innings) for Tampa Bay last season. He struck out 223 batters and walked 58. For his career, Shields is 87-73 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 217 games.

Davis, a reliever last season for Tampa Bay, made 54 appearances in 2012 pitching 70.1 innings. He went 3-0 with seven holds, a 2.43 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 87 strikeouts, and 29 walks.

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. 

While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter. 

Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down: 

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval. 

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount. 

Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward. 

In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace. 

And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.