Pat Burrell

James Shields deal the latest of many clever Rays trades

One of the teams the Orioles had to outlast to make the playoffs last season was the Tampa Bay Rays, and on Sunday night, the Rays made one of the biggest trades of the offseason.

The Rays dealt right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Wil Myers, arguably the top hitting prospect in the game, and three other prospects – right-hander Jake Odorizzi, left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.

Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed his mixed reactions to losing Shields, the club’s all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and Davis, a reliever who would have been a back-end rotation starter on most teams, on Twitter,...