Even more on the trade
In addition to the four stories in today's Tampa Bay Times, available by clicking here, there is a slew of reaction from around the baseball world to Sunday's blockbuster deal in which the Rays sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for OF Wil Myers, Ps Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and INF Patrick Leonard.
Among the more interesting:
* Royals GM Dayton Moore is upset and insulted at the criticism of the trade from their end, specifically the suggestion that he made the deal simply to save his job at the expense of the future of the Royals system. "That's insulting my integrity,'' he told USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
* Baseball America's reshuffled ranking of the Rays prospects will have Myers No. 1 replacing Chris Archer, according to Jim Callis, with Odorizzi likely to be No. 5, Montgomery in the mid-teens and Leonard in the 20-30 range. Overall, Callis said, the deal lifts the Rays farm system from middle of the pack to the upper quartile.
* Myers becomes the first of the 32 Baseball America Minor League Players of the Year to be traded before playing a game in the majors for the team the developed him.
* Veteran Kansas City sports columnist Joe Posnanski leveled some heavy criticism of the deal, on his joeblog.com:
"It goes without saying that in pure baseball terms, I despise the Royals' trade of late Sunday night. Despise. Deplore. Deride. Disapprove. If there were a Royals Tradebook Page, I would click the "dislike" button at least 10,000 times. The Royals traded their No. 1 prospect (and one of the best hitting prospects in the game), their No. 5 prospect, PLUS last year's No. 1 prospect, PLUS a fourth semi-prospect (because the other three apparently weren't enough) to Tampa Bay for a 31-year-old pitcher with a whole lot of innings and a very shaky road record and a 27-year-old pitcher who was demoted to the bullpen. I'd say 10,000 dislikes might not be enough."
"OK, that's about 2,400 words on the Royals' side of the trade. Here are 38 for Tampa Bay fans: You got one of the game's best prospects and three other potential prospects, for a 31-year-old starter who was only under team control for two more seasons, and a bullpen piece. Yeah, a good day's work."
* With the trade, Ben Zobrist becomes the last player remaining on the Rays who wore the green playing for the Devil Rays. That was back in 2007, kids.
* ESPN's Jayson Stark has his usual entertaining package of trivia, little known facts and notes about the deal, and points out that Shields will be a big deal in Kansas City.
* Another longtime Royals blogger, Rany Jazayerli , weighs in with some pointed criticism in this piece for grantland.com.
"This is a terrible trade for the Royals, deeply flawed in both its theory and execution, and while it might make the Royals marginally more likely to make the playoffs in 2013, it does irreparable damage to their chances of building a perennial winner."
* Also on grantland, Jonah Keri looks at how the teams differed in their approach to the deal.