One of the more aggravating baseball arguments of the past couple of years involves declaring a winner in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade between the Royals and the Rays. When it happened, all the stathead/prospect guys thought the Rays fleeced the Royals. When the Royals made the World Series opinions shifted. Or, in some cases, some shade was thrown at the stathead/prospect guys. It’s been just as much proxy war in the grand battle over sabermetrics and projections as it has been actual trade analysis.
But never fear, because Wil Myers — who is, like James Shields, now with the Padres — has declared a winner:
Probably safe to say Padres are the final winner in the Shields trade. Should be an exciting year in San Diego!
— Wil Myers (@wilmyers) February 11, 2015
To be fair, a LOT of people made that same joke Sunday night and Monday morning after news of the Shields signing hit. But it’s way better coming from one of the subjects of the trade itself.