With the Royals outfield seemingly set for the future with Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur, there have been whispers that outfield phenom Wil Myers could be the odd man out and instead be used as trade bait to land a starting pitcher. Those rumors came to a head yesterday when Myers slammed Kansas City barbecue in a cry for attention that certainly acted in effect as a trade demand.
On his twitter page, Myers had this to say:
If you are at all familiar with Kansas City-area area codes, you will know that (336) is NOT a local area code. That is Lexington, North Carolina, the minor leagues of barbecue when compared to Kansas City.
Of course Myers' tweet sparked blistering rebuttals from Kansas Citians, causing Myers to lash out in response. The relationship between Myers and Royals fans has been irrevocably damaged and the team would be more inclined more than ever to move him while he still has value.
Myers' preference of course would be a trade that would send him closer to his beloved Lexington Barbecue. Lexington is close to Charlotte, the top affiliate for the White Sox. The Tampa Bay Rays have a top AAA affiliate in nearby Durham. And the Atlanta Braves play six hours away from Lexington.
Its always sad when a prospect does something embarrassing to the franchise on twitter, leading to a trade out of town. But it has to be done. Never underestimate the power of social media.