The Royals have discussed dealing outfielder Wil Myers, one of the highest regarded prospects in baseball, to the Red Sox or Rays in an attempt to find an ace, according to The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton.
The Royals and Red Sox have discussed a trade involving Myers going to Boston for left-handed starting pitcher Jon Lester. They have also discussed dealing Myers to the Rays for right-handed starting pitcher James Shields.
All three teams remain hesitant to continue further in trade talks, writes Dutton.
Myers, who turns 22 in December, hit .314/.387/.600 with 37 home runs in 591 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. He is the Royals' best prospect, according to Baseball America.
Lester, who turns 29 in January, will earn $11.625 million in 2013, and the Red Sox have a $13 million club option on him for 2014. He's coming off a down year for the Red Sox, going 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 205 1/3 innings in 2012.
Shields, who turns 31 in December, will earn $10.25 million in 2013 and has one more club option remaining on his deal. He went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings for the Rays in 2012.
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