Gentleman, ladies, trolls:
It is no secret that the Royals have much coveted talent just oozing like an open sore. While tradesterbation focuses (unrealistically?) on Wil Myers, a tantalizing specimen that would require a Trout-like return, I wanted to focus more on the previous Wil Myers. Alex Gordon was supposed to be the next George Brett. He was supposed to hit for average AND for power. He could field hot shots with his eyes closed and shoot lightning bolts from his arse. Etc. Etc. Etc. Like most plans, it didn't really play out, but better late than never as his last two seasons have seen the post-hype player make good on the immense expectations.
With a savory contract, a whomping stick from the left side that have my projections showing an expected wOBA against righties of .380 and a not horrible .333 against lefties, and a slick glove in a position not especially known for very good defense, my heart it races. After that terrible run on sentence, my only question is, "What would it take to pry this gem from the crown of crowns?" Wise man once said, "If you come at the king you best not miss." This trade is a prime example as it would require real talent to get Mr. Gordon and his wonderful talents. This invites risk as high profile pieces tend to lead to more scrutiny and any unaccounted uncertainty is likely to leave a man in a position to look like less of one.
GMDM has been loath to trade his gems and jewels and for good reason. As a former scoutmaster he has a vested interest in seeing his former rough residers do well. Even at the expense of the team as it makes him look all the better. This seems like the time for him to just let go, though. Gordon has a great contract, basically making 44M over the next four years, but the Royals need (desperately?) a legitimate number one pitcher for their staff. Ground balls, strikeouts, and few walks are the real money here, but eating innings, being a mentor, and durability are just as important on a young staff that could use a father figure.
Putting all the cards on the table I'm proposing a James Shields for Alex Gordon, straight up trade. Am I a homer? Am I nuts? Let me know how far apart we are here or if this seems right on, because it seems like a win-win for both teams.