Re: James Shields and Wade Davis traded to Kansas City
As horrid as their rotation was in 2012, they only allowed 746 runs, but only scored 676. I guess counting on Hosmer and Moustakas to tick way up is what they'll do. Meanwhile, they obviously hope to reduce the runs scored by at least 100.
2 years ago they didn't need Greinke and sold a bit low on him with 2 years remaining. They got their CF & SS out of it. Then sold the best arm in the deal to get Shields.
2 years of Greinke (plus Bentancourt) = Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi
2 years of Shields = Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, Patrick Leonard
I think Myers is a better prospect than Escobar, whose value was still very high as well, but Myers is looking great. Odorizzi cancels out in these trades. Is Montgomery's arm trouble equivalent to Jeffress' drug problems? I'd say Montgomery is still a better bet. Then Cain is/was a better get than the young 3b, as he's more ready to help in the majors. So, by my measure:
Myers > Escobar
Odorizzi = Odorizzi
Montgomery > Jeffress
Cain > Leonard
edit: oops, I've left Wade out of all this. Perhaps this evens things out then? Shields may not have Cy Young potential like Greinke had, but he's certainly got ace like qualities like consistency, innings, K's, etc.
Last edited by mdccclxix; 12-10-2012 at 01:01 PM.