KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
“Our goal is to add as much pitching depth as we can as every organization tends to do, especially this time of year,” said Moore, adding that Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar and Luis Mendoza could compete for the final job in spring training.
Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino, who are both coming off Tommy John surgery this past summer, could also wrestle the job away when they return sometime during the middle of the season.
“It looks like a good mix of people, I think, with Shield and Santana — I’ve seen Guthrie pitch for a couple years with the Orioles,” Davis said. “I’m not a 10-year veteran or a coach, but I think it’s a good mix of people.”
The Royals certainly mortgaged their future to put it together.
Tampa Bay’s biggest prize in the six-player swap is undoubtedly outfielder Wil Myers, widely regarded as the top prospect in the minors. The 22-year-old hit .314 with 37 homers and 109 RBIs last season, and he starred during the All-Star Futures Game hosted by Kansas City, putting together a pair of hits and driving in three runs.
Moore said he tried to keep Myers out of the deal, but he also understood that “you have to give up something to get something,” so he parted with one of the game’s top prospects.
He also sent along right-hander Jake Odorizzi, the Royals’ top pitching prospect, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard to Tampa Bay. Kansas City also will receive another player or cash.
“When you get a chance to upgrade and get a pitcher the caliber of James Shields and Wade Davis, we felt it was the right thing for us to do for our team today and going forward,” Moore said.
The Royals have made a significant financial commitment to winning this season.