According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, “The Royals are definitely not in on R.A. Dickey,” a rival executive said.
Earlier this week, the Royals were listed in reportes mentioning 8 to 10 teams that had interest in Dickey.
Yesterday, Jayson Stark of ESPN said he spoke with an MLB executive who predicted the Royals will ultimately move top hitting prospect Wil Myers to dramatically improve their starting pitching.
Later, the Kansas City Star said the Royals won’t hesitate to deal Myers for Shields.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
I still see the Blue Jays and Rangers as most likely to step up efforts to acquire Dickey, but time will tell…
In regards to the Royals, I’ve heard they have shown interest in Dickey, but they prefer Jon Niese because they have no interest in trading a top young hitter (like Myers) for a rental player. This is why they’re also rumored to be in trade talks with the Rays for James Shields and the Red Sox for John Lester. In a perfect world, I’m sure the Royals would prefer to keep Myers and sign a free agent, like Anibal Sanchez. However, if that doesn’t happen, I’m sure they’ll turn back to the trade market, since reports indicate they’re desperate to acquire a young, established starting pitcher.