We’ve already witnessed the Blue Jays go from an average team to a playoff contender in the matter of one day, and now we’re hearing that the Royals want to drop their top prospect in the AL East. They’ve traded for Ervin Santana and signed Jeremy Guthrie already, but they’re still looking to obtain an ace on the trade market. For the Yankees, what happens to the Royals and how they actually perform in 2013 means very little, but what we’ve heard in trade rumors could send more competition to their division.
The Royals are currently eyeing Tampa Bay’s James Shields and Boston’s Jon Lester. While both pitchers have ace potential, they each only have two years of team control left starting at $9 million and $12 million respectively. For that reason, it comes as a surprise that the low-budget Royals have been using top positional prospect Wil Myers as trade bait.
Back in June, I suggested that the Yankees target the outfielder Myers for themselves. The 21 year old has since completed a huge rebound season, hitting .314/.387/.600 with 37 homeruns between Double-A TL and Triple-A PCL. Myers are become the top slugging prospect in baseball rather unanimously, and with 439 plate appearances at Triple-A, he looks primed to enter the big leagues in 2013.
If the Rays or Red Sox pull the trigger on a possible trade it could potentially bring 6 cheap years of Myers into the AL East. Though he’s no lock to be a top-tier slugger, he arguably has the best chance of any prospect to do just that. At the expense of a struggling Lester or a 31 year old Shields, the trade would easily put the games brightest positional prospect into a rival uniform as soon as next season.
I’m not sure what the Yankees could offer, but I’m sure they’ll be involved in the bidding. If not to acquire Myers, they’ll try and drive his price up. There’s no telling what his right handed bat could do in a stadium like Fenway Park.