This might make the coming season easier for the Jays.
Royals are looking to make the playoffs this year. I'm not upset to see Shields leaving the division. He's 11-5 against the Jays in his career with a 3.24 ERA in 21 starts.
Update (Minor Leaguer):
Ken Rosenthal tweeted the full trade at 11:15 pm:
I think this is a pretty good bunch of prospects to get back for Shields and Davis. The Rays did a great job to try to rebuild their future here.
Catch our friends' reactions over at DRaysBay and Royals Review. Looks like the folks over in Kansas City are none-too-happy at the amount of future given up to get Shields and Davis. But hey--Royals fans can look forward to a possible .500+ finish for the first time since 2003!
Update 2 (Minor Leaguer):
Added a poll.
It's late but here my quick reaction on this trade from the Blue Jays' perspective. I think that Tom is right that the AL East got a little bit easier for 2013 but we should all be very, very afraid about what would happen when this group of highly-rated prospects get promoted to the big leagues. This shows us that the AL East cannot wait for the Rays to lose their best players to free agency then suck--they will most likely continue to have a steady stream of elite prospects knocking at the door. They are doing what the Montreal Expos should've done.