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The Reds are interested in James Shields

Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields.  The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week.

It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields.  He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far, and showing once again that he is a total workhorse. And of course, given how little starting pitching is available at the moment, they could demand a pretty high price for him, I’d presume. I mean, it’s not like the Reds are the only team who would have a use for the guy.

Meanwhile, the Reds could use something to kickstart a rotation which sports the third worst ERA in the National League, better than only the Astros and the Cubs.

  1. GIBoxer5 - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Reds need a consistent bat much more than a starting pitcher. Even if this guy was throwing 1 run complete games, chances are Reds still lose 1-0.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Wow. I beat Buster to the punch. I said Shields for Yonder Alonso and others in yesterdays article about Matt Moore. Once again, the HBT community shows its superiority to ESPN

  3. pisano - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    The Reds would have alot of competition if the Rays make Shields available. Teams would be waiting in line to make a deal for this guy. Good Luck

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