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Blockbuster: Tampa Bay Rays trade James Shields to Royals for prospect haul

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals.

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Four Reasons Wil Myers will start the year in AAA

Believe it or not, Wil Myers is not your starting right fielder for the 2013 Rays.

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Favorite memories of James Shields

The DRaysBay staff collectively reminisces about their favorite memories of James Shields.

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Shields trade another big one for the Rays

Sunday's James Shields trade sent shockwaves through baseball, but it's just the latest of several trades the organization has made with big names in recent years

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Podcast with Royals Review author Clark Fosler

Clark Fosler from Royals Review joins the podcast to help break down the big trade.

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Pitching the Shields-Davis trade

Despite trading two valuable pitchers, the Rays are in a better position for short-term success than ever before.

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Trade aftermath: Projecting the Rays 2013 roster

The Rays have had a busy 2013 off-season so far, but where do they go from here? What holes do they still have on their roster?

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Meet the prospects: Odorizzi, Montgomery, Leonard

In exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis, the Rays received an impressive haul of prospects: Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Partick Leonard. Let's take a closer look at them.

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Meet the new 2013 Rays outfielder: Wil Myers

There's a new player in town, and his name is Awesome.

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A look back at James Shields' time in Tampa Bay

Looking back at Shields' career with the Rays

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The Rays Tank: Happy Birthday, Wil Myers

Today is a new day for the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

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James Shields trade: Insta-reactions

Instant reactions from all across the interwebs about the blockbuster trade of James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.

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Blockbuster: James Shields traded to the Royals

The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking to trade at least one of their starting pitchers all off-season, and they have finally found a suitor. Late on Sunday night, news broke that the Rays have traded starters James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for four prospects in return:

Wil Myers was recently rated the #1 prospect in the Royals' system by Baseball Prospectus, and he was rated the #3 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America back in July. He hit 37 home runs in Double and Triple-A last year at the age of 21, and he's arguably the biggest offensive prospect in the minors at the moment. While it's questionable if the Rays will start Myers in the majors or minors in 2013, the Rays are surely hoping he can be a middle-of-the-order bat for them for many years to come.

Jake Odorizzi is a 22-year-old starting pitcher that finished the year in Triple-A, and he was rated the #4 prospect in the Royals' system by FanGraphs and the #6 prospect in their system by Baseball Prospectus. He's nearly ready for the majors leagues, and gives the Rays another starting pitcher to help restock their system.

Mike Montgomery is a 23 year old starting pitching prospect that a 5.69 ERA and 4.95 FIP in Triple-A last season, and Patrick Leonard is a 20 year old third base prospect with some power. Both players could have their uses with the Rays, but the big additions are definitely Myers and Odorizzi.

James Shields is owed over $20 million over the final two years of his contract, while Wade Davis has two more guaranteed years on his contract before the first of three team options kick in. The Royals will hope that Shields had provide them with a rotation ace, while they will likely try to transition Wade Davis back into the rotation after spending the 2012 season in the bullpen.

For more on this trade, follow along at DRaysBay on Twitter or Facebook. You can also find more analysis and opinions on this trade by following along with this Stream.

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Rays Trade James Shields and Wade Davis to Royals

It's finally happened. The Tampa Bay Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for a haul of prospects in return.

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