Rays acquire prospect Wil Myers from Kansas City

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Tampa Bay reportedly sends James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City in exchange for Wil Myers, a top outfield prospect, and other minor leaguers.

Aiming to bolster their young talent, the Tampa Bay Rays traded starter James Shields and pitcher Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Wil Myers and other prospects, according to reports late Sunday night.

Ken Rosenthal reported the trade on Sunday that would send the Royals two long-time Rays pitchers in exchange for the up-and-coming prospect Myers.

After being picked in the third round by the Royals in the 2009 Amateur Draft, Myers climbed Kansas City's minor league system all the way to Triple-A Omaha in 2012, where he hit .304 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs.

The 99-game stint in Triple-A followed his outburst at the Double-A level, where he hit .343 and slammed 13 home runs in just 35 games to start the season.

Shields, who has started more than 30 games a season for the Rays like clockwork every year since 2007, will be on his way to Kansas City with Davis, who posted a 2.43 ERA out of the bullpen most of the season for the Rays in 2012.

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