Earlier Sunday night, the world of baseball changed in a deal between the Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays. In a trade that shocked many Royals fans, we will have to wait and see until the 2013 season if it will pay off. Everybody knew that the Royals were in desperate need of another quality pitcher in the rotation, but the question was who they should give up. Talk came about that it may be Hosmer, or even possibly stars like Gordon and Butler. Yet there was one name on the list that began talks between the Royals and the Rays.
Last week in Nashville, the two teams held a winter meeting. In this meeting, the trade talks started to steam up. Going on later into the week, the talks began to gain momentum, and as a result, a deal was made. As of Sunday night, it was officially announced that the Royals traded young outfield prospect Wil Myers. In return, the Kansas City received all-star pitcher James Shields. Other names in the trade included pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery, and third baseman Patrick Leonard going to the Rays, and pitcher Wade Davis will come to Kansas City, along with another player to be named or cash. This trade has taken a major hit to the Royals farm system, giving up so many prospects, but they believe the newly aquired pitchers will help them be successful where it all counts, in the big leagues.
Since the inconsistent offensive production of right fielder Jeff Francouer had Royals fans buzzing, one only could have assumed that they would possibly deal Frenchy, and Myers would be there to step up and fill the void. Unfortunately, Royals fans will soon have to face the reality that Myers is no longer with the organization. To me, it is no surprise that Kansas City decided to trade Wil, considering the desperate need for pitching, but as far as I’m concerned, it was a stupid decision. Jeff Francouer did next to nothing at the plate in 2012, and unless the organization has something up their sleeve to fill that void, Royals fans will forever be questioning how well Myers would have done for the Royals in the majors.
Every single time the Royals organization finds a quality player that they should be able to build their program around, they have never been able to keep him. Take into account players such as Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon, and Carlos Beltran. All have had successful careers, and all have been all-stars. As fans we can only hope that the situation with Wil Myers will not be like the ones previously mentioned. We can only hope that the pitching staff will become stronger with the aquisitions made earlier this evening, and we must keep the hope alive. Kansas City fans have seen the worst for a number of years now, and we are hungry for improvement. As a glimpse of a bright future may have been shot down tonight, we can only wait, biting our nails and chattering our teeth, hoping that it will all pay off in the end.