Posted Under: Johanna's View
The Rays sent James Shields, Wade Davis and a player to be named (who could make this deal look differently) to the Royals for 4 solid prospects, at least 2 of which will be with the Rays major league team next season. The prospects are all very very solid, and should help the Rays maintain cost certainty for several years to come.
Many are saying the Royals though gave up too much for wins next season, and have given away the future. That could be true if wins were only created by actual skill sets. But the differences between a successful team and an unsuccessful team at the big league level has a lot to do with the mental aspects of the game. What this trade has done for those already on the roster, I believe, is huge. The Royals have long been an also-ran in the AL Central. This trade- along with the acquisition of Ervin Santana and the signing of Jeremy Guthrie- has sent two strong messages to their current and their future players. First, it said that the team will cares about winning, and now that it has the position players in place, it will do what is necessary to make that happen. It becomes a place free agents of the future can take seriously because they are willing to make moves to win now.
Many in baseball are saying the the Tigers will own the AL Central for at least two more years. Certainly it looks that way, since Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera are signed through that year. But part of developing quality players is teaching them how to win- how to have a winning attitude- and if the Royals let Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler continue on losing- well their development could cease. Bringing them wins now will help that fire burn just a little brighter, and perhaps put them in a position to really soar as the Tigers fire decreases. James Shields is not going to be a Royal for years to come. But perhaps his leadership and his work ethic introduced right now will have a bearing on those teams in 2014 and beyond. That, I think, is what Dayton Moore is counting on.
If the Royals don’t win more this year, if Sheilds doesn’t show the leadership and the Royals do not fare better, well, then this trade could go down as one of the worst in Royals history, and Moore will be out of a job. But if the Royals begin to contend for a playoff spot. Well, then, there is a very different franchise in Kansas City.
Its easy to sit today and decide who is a winner here and who is not. Only time will tell for both the Royals and the Rays. Lets just now fire Dayton Moore until we are sure.