The Royals have fallen prey to the over-inflated pitching market
Little did they know, Greinke would sign a contract in the winter of 2012 that would change the Royals forever.
Greinke and the Dodgers agreed to a 6-year deal worth around $147 million, which completely changed the market for free agent pitchers. And that's a huge reason the Royals just made a trade that could change their whole franchise.
The Royals just agreed to a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that would send Wil Myers, one of the best young prospects in baseball, to Tampa for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.
In my opinion (and the opinion of others), this is a terrible trade for the Royals. Usually, the Royals would never give up a stud prospect like Myers so easily. But with the pitching market exploding after the Greinke signing, it completely changes the way teams value starting pitching.
Myers is one of the best young prospects in baseball. In a few years, he could end up being one of the best outfielders in the game.
Shields is a 30-year old starting pitcher who has ace potential, but hasn't always pitched like a true ace. He'll do fine for the Royals, and they'll only have to pay him a total of $21M over the next two seasons.
Picking up a pitcher like Shields would be a great move for a team that is on the cusp of contending for a division title or maybe a World Series. Unfortunately, the Royals are not that team. They're really not even close. They haven't even made the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985.
Unless they suddenly start acting like a big-market team, the Royals aren't winning any time soon. Shields is a nice addition, but will he still be around when they finally become a contender?
What do you think about this trade? Did the Royals make a huge mistake, trading away their future?