Perry, saw your post on Bob Dutton's story in the KCStar about Moore shopping Wil Myers. Why are you against trading for Shields or Lester? Is it because they can be controlled for only 2 years vs 6 years of Myers? Not saying I am for trading Myers for either one but wanted to hear your arguments. I too would love to trade him for Price but I don't see the Rays trading a superstar straight up for a minor leaguer, even one as good as Myers. The road is littered with can't miss prospects who eather failed or took forever to reach their potential (exhibit A: Alex Gordon...and he is only a very good player, not a superstar). I've always viewed minor leaguers as trading chips for GMs. Who from TB or Oakland, two teams in need of hitting and have some pitching depth, would be realistic
targets? In order of preference Moore, Hellickson, Parker and Anderson (injury prone?).
My preference is for Glass to open his wallet and get Anibal Sanchez. His/Glass stated $70 million payroll ceiling is ludicrous when he is on record as saying he will spend when they are ready to contend. The pieces of the puzzle are there except for the SP. It's now or never. Sam Mellinger had an excellent piece in today's paper http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/27/3937202/time-is-now-for-glass-to-increase.html
. Greinke is too rich and burned his bridge when he left KC. No one else on the market is worthy of a #2.
Good questions - let me first say that I am NOT against trading Myers or any other prospect .....BUT you have to get the right piece to trade a very good, young hitter who the team will have under control for a minimum of SIX years. You can't get a Lester who Used to be good - what if what we saw in 2012 was what he is for 2013 and beyond? Glass would then be a laughing stock for years - trade a prized asset for a Name but one without value.
Shields is better but as you suggest has only two (or one) years left on current contract so it would have to be WELL timed - and that is a HUGE part of these prospect trades .... 1) when to trade them; and 2) how much to get BOTH of which have to be concurrent with the state of the MLB team. Thus trading for a pitcher who can only help for a year can't be until you are right THERE in terms of winning the division - IMHO the Royals are getting very close but aren't there yet - now part of that is because of TERRIBLE previous trades - last year was classic..... Good on trading high on Melky, but VERY bad on trading for Jonathan Sanchez. ANY fantasy player could have immediately said - Sanchez? Do you know what his WHIP was? Did you see him pitch? Alas they were mesmerized by the potential strikeouts and thought they could unleash the potential (ludicrous given their selection of pitching coaches at the ML level). So the plan was good - trade surplus hitting for a SP for the rotation but the execution was TURRIBL.
So IF they trade Myers - and again I am not against it ..... they don't want to be like Stoneham and the Angels and have a property aka Brandon Wood circa 2005 that they could get a ton for and not trade him and then not have anything. Now Wil Myers is a much better all around hitter, not as much pop as Wood, but he can play OF and DH without affecting his hitting. So trade Myers if you want to use your best prospect but you damn well better get back a REAL valuable asset (and yes otoh don't pass the opportunity to trade for the right player - Price or Profar or even two lesser say, Hellickson and Davis/or/Niemann.
Bottom line for Royals - they MUST improve their starting pitching THIS year - I am not against the Guthrie signing or the Ervin Santana trade - both could work (but of course might not) and are at okay prices (yes they might have been bidding against themselves for Guthrie's third year but you have to take some chances and not signing him When they had a chance would have IMO been worse).
They DO have help coming on the mound BUT it won't be there this year so trade Myers or better yet some of their very good IF prospects and take a chance you get the right SP .... BUT don't trade him for Lester when all you might get is chicken & beer - or a Shields where your window is not aligned (now it could work but it would only really be for 2014 then you lose him and have nada). DO trade him IF you get an excellent SP that you will have for three years (or more).