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First Pitch: What the Pirates Can Take Away From the Royals/Rays Deal

First Pitch: What the Pirates Can Take Away From the Royals/Rays Deal

The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays made a big trade tonight, with Kansas City acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis in exchange for top prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. That's a pretty big return in prospects, with Myers being one of the top prospects in the game. A lot of the reactions I saw said the Rays clearly won this deal. I'd have to agree. Rather than breaking down this trade, I thought I would take a different look at things. Here are a few things the Pirates, and Pirates fans, can take away from the deal.

1. The Rays Method is the Way to Go

This is probably no secret if you've read my work for a long period of time, but there's no team I respect more than the Rays. They are clearly the best run organization in baseball. I...

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