According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Oakland A’s rejected an offer to acquire top prospect Wil Myers from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Brett Anderson.
Myers wound up being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday night in a six-player deal that saw James Shields and Wade Davis head to the Royals.
The 22-year old outfielder is regarded as one of the top-five prospects in all of baseball. He hit .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI, splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. He has a combined batting average of .303 and an OBP of .395 over four-years in the minors.
Meanwhile, Anderson, who was once a highly-touted prospect himself, has been hampered by injuries in the past few seasons. He made just six starts in 2012, going 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA. He did have one postseason win, when he pitched six scoreless innings to beat the Tigers in Game 3 of the ALDS.
So trading a frequently injured pitcher for one of the best prospects in the game is a no-brainer, right? Well, if the reports are true, Billy Beane doesn’t think so.