The Royals' big move this off-season was the trade of top prospect Wil Myers and others for James Shields and Wade Davis, which has not been universally applauded.
Is it one of the worst moves of the off-season? It just might be.
- One reason for the opposition to this trade is the Royals lack of options in right field. Jeff Francoeur is the current starter there and after a .235/.287/.378 performance last year. It is easier to understand the trade rumors surrounding him than the Royals willingness to stick with him.
- The addition of Shields and Davis is not the only move the Royals have made as they attempt to upgrade the rotation. They re-signed Jeremy Guthrie giving the righty a three year, $25M deal. Guthrie started fourteen games for the Royals last year after coming over from the Rockies with solid a 3.16 ERA in his time in Kansas City.
- They also made a play for Ryan Dempster, offering the free agent a two year, $26M deal, but he rejected the offer in favor of the Red Sox.
- Beyond the trade with the Rays, it has been largely minor deals for the Royals. They signed Xavier Nady to a minor league deal along with Willy Taverez, and relievers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler.
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