Royals' Adding Shields Is Gutsy, Necessary

Royals' Adding Shields Is Gutsy, Necessary

People will crush the Royals. People always crush the Royals, and they mostly deserve it after nine straight losing seasons, the last 6-1/2 under general manager Dayton Moore.

But not this time.

Not after obtaining 40 percent of their 2013 starting rotation Sunday night without trading a single major leaguer in their stunning blockbuster with the Rays.

Yes, the Royals gave up four prospects to get right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis, and woe to any GM who parts with such gold in this hyper-critical, Twitter-crazed era.

Well, last time I checked, outfielder Wil Myers was not yet Willie Mays. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi might prove nothing more than a No. 3 starter. Lefty Mike Montgomery regressed after Baseball America named him the Royals’ top prospect in 2012, and third baseman Patrick Leonard spent last season in Rookie Ball.

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