James Shields has notched wins in the double digits in his last six seasons with Tampa Bay, including 15 last year and 16 the season before that. Wade Davis flourished for the Rays last season, once he was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
The Kansas City Royals have needed that kind of pitching for years, and that's what they appear to have gotten by trading for Shields and Davis on Sunday night.
"When you can acquire a pitcher like James Shields and Wade Davis, we have to do it, because that's what we've committed to our team -- we've committed to our organization," said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, whose team hasn't had a winning season since 2003. "It's important that we start winning games.”
Shields was an all-star two years ago -- with a 16-12 record and a 2.82 ERA, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting -- and went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season. He is due to receive $10.5 million this season and has a club option for $12 million in 2014 with a $1-million buyout.