In a report for ESPN, Jayson Stark spoke with an MLB executive who predicts the Royals will ultimately move top prospect Wil Myers to dramatically improve their starting pitching.
“They know they can’t get in on Greinke. And they feel like they have a shot to win that division if they get the right guy. So I think they pull the trigger,” the executive told Stark.
Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Royals have shown interest in R.A. Dickey, but would prefer to trade a younger package of prospects to acquire him as opposed to dealing top outfield prospect Wil Myers.
Myers, who will be 22 on Opening Day, hit a combined .314 with a .600 SLG, 37 home runs and 109 RBI and 140 strikeouts between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in 2012. He has not yet played in the Major Leagues.
Michael Baron, ContributorI still think it’s unlikely the Mets will be able to pry Myers for Dickey. I’d do it if they can. But Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranks Myers (who is big league ready) as the third best prospect in the game, and it’s awfully risky to trade that kind of talent for an aging pitcher – even though he won the Cy Young Award in 2012 – regardless of their current need.
If Sandy can wait and see what happens with Greinke (who Stark says could sign during the Winter Meetings), he can conceivably create a market among those who fail to sign him (including the Royals) and see if a bidding war ensues for Dickey. Perhaps the Mets can entice suitors by allowing them a negotiating window for a new contract with Dickey. But if an attractive deal doesn’t emerge, then they can look to secure Dickey, as Matt has said before.