Post by Alberto Balsalm on Dec 10, 2012 13:52:35 GMT -5
Myers is more than just a top 10 prospect too, he's arguably the top prospect in the game right now. Odorizzi is a major-league ready SP that was the Royals top pitching prospect. Mike Montgomery was regarded as their 2nd pitching prospect behind Odorizzi and, despite a bit of a setback last year, is still a top LHP prospect.
So, arguably #1 hitting prospect in the MLB (Who plays a position where the Royals are currently trotting out a below-replacement level OF), best pitching prospect in organization (Also top 15 in the MLB) and your next best pitching prospect for a 32-year old borderline ace with 2 years left on contract and a replacement-level arm on a team that was far from contending last year? They mortgaged their entire future to most likely be DECENT next year, I really don't see James Shields making them a contender next year, or staying in KC after his contract is up.
It's a desperate deal from a team that shouldn't have been desperate with the type of young talent they have both in the majors and the minors. However, they have a desperate GM in Dayton Moore who probably knows that he is getting fired soon if he doesn't do SOMETHING soon so he sabotaged the team's future in hope for some extra wins this year and MAYBE a play-in game birth if everything goes 100% perfect for the team this season to save his job.
From afar the deal looks eerily similar to some other desperate deals from small-market teams who were itching to compete, like when the Expos traded Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips (all specs at the time) for Bartolo Colon, or when the Braves traded Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Felix and Jarrod Saltalamacchia for Mark Teixeira.
Obviously Myers, Odorizzi and Montgomery aren't sure things, but if those guys even come close to reaching their full potential we will be looking back at this trade in several years and laughing at how dumb the Royals are