The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade All-Star starter James Shields and reliever Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for top prospect Wil Myers and other prospects, according to multiple reports.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin was the first to report the trade. Topkin reported that the Rays will receive three additional prospects along with the outfielder Myers — right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 10, 2012
The 30-year-old Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts last season. His numbers came down a bit from an All-Star 2011 season in which he finished third in Cy Young voting. Shields leaves the Rays as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Davis, 27, excelled last season after a conversion from starter to reliever. In 70 1/3 innings pitched, he had a 2.43 ERA and 83 strikeouts.
Myers was rated Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. Myers, who will be 22 at the start of the 2013 season, hit .314 and slugged .600 with 37 homers between the Royals’ Double- and Triple-A affiliates last season.