This debate is never going to go away, is it?
Deadspin wrote a piece today extolling the virtues of James Shields and Wil Myers as the Royals and Rays each try to nail down a wild card spot. The post was flattering of both, and noted how each team needed each player in order to get the point they are today.
Recall just why the Wil Myers-James Shields trade was so controversial: both teams were trying to get better. In most cases, these kind of marquee, ace-for-prospects trades involve one team clearly embarking on a rebuilding course and another trying to load up for a playoff run. But this trade was something else, a fair exchange that came with an unspoken and built-in challenge: Let’s see who made the right choice.
It is the “challenge” part that keeps bringing this deal up: The winner hasn’t been decided yet.
And there will be a winner, that’s how these things go. Yes, it is possible for both teams to benefit heavily from the trade, but one team is going to benefit from the trade more than the other. It’ll play itself out either in the standings, statistically, or in the each team is allowed to move forward in the future. Someone is going to be declared a winner eventually.
What we do know is that the “winner” of this trade probably isn’t going to be determined this year. There are still many variables still left at play. As a result, this debate is going to continue for a long time. Maybe forever.
I’m not looking forward to that.