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Shields: 'Definitely a sad day'

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08:04 AM ET 12.10 | James Shields, who had spent his entire pro career in the Tampa Bay organization, will now pack his bags for Kansas City, thanks to a deal that landed the Rays Wil Myers. [Shields] is the team's all-time leader with 87 wins, 217 starts, 1,250 strikeouts and 1,454 2/3 innings. Shields had spoken openly about wanting to spend his entire career with the Rays, but with steady trade rumors over the past several seasons, he knew his time could be running out. "I thought I might be able to squeeze in one more year, but that was kind of being selfish," Shields said Sunday. "I'm excited to go over there, but this is definitely a sad day for me and my family. I've been here 12 years. We made this our second home, and we're definitely going to miss it."

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December 10, 2012  09:39 AM ET

It would seem the Rays gave up more than they received in return, but I guess it's all about pairing back payroll.

December 10, 2012  09:53 AM ET

It was loyalty on one side this time, but for the Royals it is time to win now and take a chance on giving up some future.

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December 10, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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The Rays gave up a proven commodity in exchange for potential, but I think they only controlled Shields for one more year...they'll control Myers for a long time if he pans out. I'm not sure what to think of Davis, looks like he was pretty darned good out of the pen last season.

Shields has 2 years left on his contract. And look out for Wade Davis. The knock on him as a starter was he was lousy in the first 2 innings. He got that sorted out last year, working out of the pen. I expect him to have a big year. The Royals are contenders now. Hopefully, Myers will be combine with Longo to give the Rays some punch.

December 10, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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It would seem the Rays gave up more than they received in return, but I guess it's all about pairing back payroll.

No - it was about getting value before the guy goes F/A leaves you with nothing.

December 10, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Don't be sad dude...they don't want you anymore. As Koby said "put your big boy pants on" and adjust.

December 10, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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It's just one season, right?I'd bet he doesn't buy a home in the KC area.

If after 12 years there Tampa is his "second" home, then it is unlikely he will buy a home in KC. Some steaks for sure.

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December 10, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Good point...Tampa is a pretty great place to live in the baseball offseason, they must really like wherever their home base is.

He does a lot of charity work in the Tampa area.

December 10, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Good point...Tampa is a pretty great place to live in the baseball offseason, they must really like wherever their home base is.

Had to look it up. Born in CalifornIA. Makes his home in Clearwater, Florida.

December 10, 2012  11:03 AM ET

12 years and only 87 wins???

December 10, 2012  11:35 AM ET

Still don't see the Royals contending.

December 10, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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Still don't see the Royals contending.

......need to adjust your vision....the royals have a very nice club that was coming on strong last year....good young talent....hated to see them give up their best prospect... would have been a bit more patient....wait one more year to go all in.....we will see what happens.

December 10, 2012  12:01 PM ET

Odorizzi--they RH pitcher TB got in the trade--should contribute this year, and should be pretty good for years to come. TB does well at recognizing and developing pitching. I think they got back about as good as they gave, if Myers is at least a decent big-league slugger.

December 10, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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......need to adjust your vision....the royals have a very nice club that was coming on strong last year....good young talent....hated to see them give up their best prospect... would have been a bit more patient....wait one more year to go all in.....we will see what happens.

The Royals will always be terrible.

December 10, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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It would seem the Rays gave up more than they received in return, but I guess it's all about pairing back payroll.

guess the rays got some solid offense in their newly rookie, should the rookie fail to prove his quality as a tough hitter??rays would likely trade him in the first year,,,,

December 10, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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The Royals will always be terrible.

WHO KNOWS? the royals may have turn things all the way around, pitching always have been top priority on any team!!!

 
December 10, 2012  12:13 PM ET
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WHO KNOWS? the royals may have turn things all the way around, pitching always have been top priority on any team!!!

the dodgers are number one in pitching, next team is the giants, the next team in top pitching is the phillies/next with top pitching is the royals,,, angels are last in all the categories,,,,,,

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