Ken Rosenthal has an interesting piece up today detailing some of the behind-the-scenes dealings that occured surrounding the James Shields trade. The Royals were at first very reluctant to part with a massive collection of prospects that Tampa Bay was demanding for Shields.

Moore, using a dry-erase board, ranked all of the Royals’ top prospects by position. And then, after informing those in the room that the Rays would not waver in their demands for right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis, he started erasing names.