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12-10-2012, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by darko View Post
And Shields probably walks in 2 years and all Royals get in return is a lone supplementary draft pick. It's not like we are talking about a borderline playoff team where a guy like Shields can put you over the top. This is a bigger risk for Royals than it is for Rays.
Actually, it's a pretty big risk for the Rays. Myers isn't guaranteed to be productive next season, so all they've essentially done is send their #2 starting pitcher and a dominant reliever for possibly no immediate help, in a very competitive AL East. And their hitting, which wasn't very good last season, lost two of their best hitters in Keppinger and Upton, and merely added an enigmatic SS.

The Rays have arguably taken two steps back in trying to make the playoffs for next season. It's good for the future, but you know what they say, if you keep looking towards the future, the present will never arrive. The Royals still may not contend for a playoff spot, but at least they tried. If they dont try now, it may be too late for their current crop of young hitters. Who knows how long it would have taken for the team to develop young pitchers. They can't keep on waiting.

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