In this morning’s column by Buster Olney of ESPN, Olney discusses the Rays and how they are willing to discuss trade proposals for any players on their roster and one name that has begun coming up in trade talks is righty James Shields.
Olney reports that the Rays aren’t holding out hope of making the playoffs this season and may attempt to capitalize on Shield’s high trade value right now as he is in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career.
The Rays were willing to discuss deals with the Yankees when they traded Matt Garza, although rumors were that they wanted more from the Yanks since they were dealing within their own division. No word on whether or not the Yankees like the idea of sending a package of their best prospects to a division rival. Garza was expensive so it stands that Shields won’t come cheap either.
Shields is owed $28 million in the form of team options through 2014. He is 29 and in the best year of his career, putting up a 2.60 ERA in 20 games with a 137 ERA+.