Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

What they're saying about the Rays-Royals trade

A sampling of reaction to Sunday's blockbuster Rays-Royals deal:

• After first posting he hoped to wake up Monday with James Shields and Wade Davis still his teammates, Rays ace David Price, right, posted on his @DAVIDprice14 account:

It's all still true … it was awesome being both wd's and big games teammates!! They will both be missed

• ESPN.com's Keith Law: "For Tampa Bay, this is a heist, a potential franchise-making deal that should allow the Rays to continue their run of contention on a dime for several more years. …"

• Rays INF Sean Rodriguez, right, posted on @SeanJRodriguez1:

Def gonna take a few days to get past this WD and Juego G trade. Really gonna miss those guys. They'll always be teammates at heart.

• Royals blogger Rany Jazayerli: "This sucks."

• LHP Matt Moore posted on @MattyMoe55:

Just woke up and saw the WD-40 and juego G are now kc Royals?!? Holy frijoles!!

• ESPN's Buster Olney: "Myers could become the Rays' next Evan Longoria."

Baseball America's J.J. Cooper: "When the news broke of the blockbuster trade, the reaction almost broke Twitter. Fans, particularly of the Royals, took to their phones and keyboards to register their displeasure, and many baseball analysts rushed to outdo each other in piling on to general manager Dayton Moore and to praise his Rays counterpart, Andrew Friedman. Inside the game, the response is much more measured. In checking with six pro scouts, none saw the trade as one-sided, and all were convinced that the chorus of criticism of the Royals for making the deal is misplaced."

• ESPN's David Schoenfield: "In the AL Central, anything can happen. Maybe this becomes the deal that gets the Royals into the postseason for first time since 1985. Let's see what happens before we put Wil Myers in the Hall of Fame."

• Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal: "People will crush the Royals. People always crush the Royals, and they mostly deserve it after nine straight losing seasons, the last 6 1/2 under general manager Dayton Moore. But not this time. … Last time I checked, outfielder Wil Myers was not yet Willie Mays. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi might prove nothing more than a No. 3 starter. Lefty Mike Montgomery regressed after Baseball America named him the Royals' top prospect in 2012, and third baseman Patrick Leonard spent last season in Rookie Ball."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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