If the Royals are buyers


The Kansas City Royals mortgaged a large portion of their future to compete sooner than later when they shipped Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard and pitching prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays to land right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis. The club also traded for Ervin Santana, paying all but $1 million of the right-hander's $13 million salary for this season, making him the highest paid player on the roster.