MLB rumors: Rangers, Rays, D'backs discussed Shields, Upton

Rob Tringali

Before the Rays and Royals finalized their trade, there was a potential 3-team deal in the works involving the Rays, Rangers and Diamondbacks.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for a bevy of prospects this winter. But before that deal was completed, the Royals almost lost out on Shields and Davis, as there was a potential three-team deal in the works involving the Rays, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The night before the Rays and Royals finalized their agreement that sent Shields and Davis to KC for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard, another trade was nearly completed.

The Royals didn't nearly lose Shields to the Detroit Tigers, the other team that was reportedly pursuing the right-hander.

Instead, Rosenthal reports the proposed trade would have sent Shields and Davis to Arizona, outfielder Justin Upton to the Rangers and a package of prospects to the Rays.

It remains unclear why the deal was never finalized, according to Rosenthal, but the next day Arizona signed free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a two-year, $15.5 million contract.

Ultimately the Royals acquired Shields and Davis, the Tigers re-signed Anibal Sanchez, the Diamondbacks shipped Upton to the Atlanta Braves, and the Rangers wound up inking A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman.

Mlbdd-twitter-insert_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker