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Rays send James Shields to Royals

Updated: December 10, 2012, 12:42 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals gambled their future Sunday night for a chance to win right now.

The Royals acquired former All-Star James Shields and fellow right-hander Wade Davis from Tampa Bay in a six-player deal that sent top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers to the Rays.

The swap immediately bolsters the Royals' starting rotation and should make them a contender in the relatively weak American League Central.

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