Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers acquire big-name pitchers |
The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers added big names to their pitching staffs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals acquired former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday night for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor-league prospects.
Kansas City has been working to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years, re-signing Jeremy Guthrie and acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels. But the trade for Shields and Davis represents the most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore, who believes the Royals are primed to contend as early as this season.
"We have to start winning games at the major-league level, and the way you develop a winning culture is by winning major-league games," Moore said.
Along with giving up power-hitting outfielder Myers, widely voted the top player in the minors last season, the Royals also traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who would have competed for a spot in the Kansas City rotation this season. Left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard also are headed to the Rays, while the Royals will get a player to be named or cash.
Dodgers sign Ryu,
agree with Greinke
LOS ANGELES — A day after reportedly agreeing to pay free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke $147 million over the next six seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin to a six-year, $36 million contract.
Including the $25.7 million posting fee owed to Ryu's Korean-league team, the Dodgers' two-day expenditures totaled an astounding $208.7 million.
While Greinke — previously with the Angels — undergoes a physical examination Monday to finalize his contract, Ryu will be introduced by the Dodgers at a news conference.
• Cleveland has agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Reynolds, 29, hit 60 homers over the last two seasons for Baltimore.