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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    The best thing about this trade is that Moore and Co. have finally uttered the words “It’s time to Win.” For better or worse this Org is moving forward. I hate that it took GMDM 6+ years to figure this all out, but thankfully he has done something for the short-term. All of this trade business will be forgotten if KC is playing meaningful baseball in September.

    I hate to state the obvious, but being competitive and winning ballgames will help this organization much more than having a superstar on a shitty team.

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    Travis, I too would rather have Davis than Odorizzi. I’m really surprised by all these people (including one of this site’s writers) going on about Odo’s “#3 ceiling” and how much value that has. Don’t they realize that “ceiling” is best case scenario and that very very few prospects reach their ceiling? #4 or 5 or bullpen arm is a far more likely outcome.

    Overall, I’m still not a fan of the trade, but the inclusion of Odorizzi didn’t bother me a bit.

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    Let’s reverse the trade for a minute and just consider Davis. Would you trade Odorizzi & Leonard for Davis? I would in a heartbeat. Jake’s upside is a #3. Wade Davis is already there, already proven and on a team friendly contract (if he converts back to a starter). Jake isn’t ready – and in my mind will need a year or two before he can make the jump without being knocked around. Time this window doesn’t really have. Davis for Odorizzi makes sense and with two SP, keeping Odorizzi is a luxury. If you want to argue there is an overpay, to me it’s whether adding Monty or someone with Leonard’s power is too much.

    Losing Myers still sucks – but I am on board with the team for following through all the way on opening a 3 year window.

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    An additional upside to this trade is that the Royals will have an oportunity to re-sign Shields or to collect compensation if he signs elsewhere after the 2014 season. Of course, this is assuming he has two very good years with the Royals. Shields will be 33 for the 2015 season. He might be open to a two year extension at this time.

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