Evidently, Royals super-prospect Wil Myers is available via trade, with the Royals targeting starting pitching.
Myers is a rare type of offensive prospect. We're talking Evan Longoria/Ryan Braun caliber offensive potential. He was drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 as a catcher out of high school, but moved to the outfield prior to the 2011 season. He is seen as a future right fielder, but he could possibly handle 3B in time if given some reps.
He exploded offensively in 2012, crushing 37 homers in 134 games between AA and AAA (.314/.387/.600) as a 21 year old.
We have a few pitchers that could interest KC, including Brett Anderson. James Shields offers 200+ innings almost guaranteed, which would be valuable for the Royals, but Anderson has more team control, a smaller annual salary, and a higher upside. Anderson is also much younger, 25, than Lester (29) or Shields (31).
Trading Myers would create a hole in the Royals's outfield in 2013. So I'd offer up one of our outfielders plus a starter for Myers. I'd go Brett Anderson and Seth Smith for Wil Myers. Smith would fit nicely in a platoon with Jeff Francouer, who for all his faults can still hit LHP, which is Smith's Achilles heel.
I can see why the Royals are willing to part with Myers. Their pitching situation is horrific. And I think that turning Brett Anderson, and his increasingly expensive contract, into a potential MVP candidate who has zero service time like Myers, would make sense for Oakland. He could be that 3B of the future that we've been searching for since Chavez. He could be our Evan Longoria.
The inclusion of Smith in the offer (or Coco Crisp) would likely warrant the Royals adding an extra piece. As it happens, they have a borderline-ready shortstop/second baseman in Christian Colon. They have Alcides Escobar manning SS for many years, so Colon would likely be expendable. The 4th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of CSU Fullerton, the A's were known to be interested in him prior to the draft. He hasn't lived up to his draft position, but he was always seen as a low upside, safe pick. He doesn't have much power, and is probably better suited for 2B than SS. He profiles a bit like Cliff Pennington.
As it stands, I think Brett Anderson and Seth Smith for Wil Myers and Christian Colon makes a lot of sense for both sides. Would you do it?