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.