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The Tigers were scouting James Shields last night, but will the Rays move him?

Jul 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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The New York Post reports that the Tigers had two scouts in Tampa Bay to watch James Shields‘ start against the Yankees last night.

They probably weren’t the only ones, but if you believe Ken Rosenthal’s report from yesterday, the Rays — while always willing to listen! — are reluctant to trade Shields. They like him, think he’s back on the right track to stay and believe that having him, Price and Hellickson leading the rotation going forward, they’ll always have a chance to contend.

I’d guess that you could bowl them over with a great offer, but the last time the Tigers did that for a starter they gave up John Smoltz.

  1. Joe - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Yeah, but Doyle Alexander man!

  2. poochpi - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Yankee fan here; I would hate to see Rays have to move Sheilds because of money. He should stay with them. If they move him, they better get a Smoltz in return.

    • mordecofe - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Who’s the Smoltz in this case, Jacob Turner? Not too familiar with the Tigers’ system outside him.

      • chrisdtx - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        Yeah, Turner’s their crown jewel. The Tiger system is pretty bereft of high-ceiling talent right now. I suppose Nick Castellanos could be included in a package, but the Rays are pretty set at 3B for a while.

    • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Just curious, as a Yankee fan, why would you want the Rays to hold on to Shields. Do you like a competitor fighting a fair fight, like a “to be the best you have to beat the best mentality”? I’m a Rays fan, and this is the first time I have heard a Yankee or Sox fan root for us, and I’m just curious to your perspective.

      On another note, the fact that Shields went 15 2/3 innings in 2 starts before finally giving up an earned run to the Yankees has to help his trade value of teams expecting to face the Yanks in the post season.

  3. bigharold - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    As a Yankee fan I would be too upset if the moved him, especially after last night.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      What happened to you last night?

  4. hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    If the Rays move him, it will be for Colby Rasmuss or Yonder Alonso, and I’d bet the latter. If the Rays move him, they will want immediate payoff as they are still in contention 5.5 out of the wild card with a weak schedule the next 10 days. Rasmus would provide that. If the deadline gets nearer, and they find themselves treading water, Cincinatti gains the advantage as their 2 and 3 rated prospects are a first baseman and catcher, 2 critical needs. The Tigers were one of a dozen teams watching Shields, but I dont expect the Rays to have any desire in what the Tigers will be able to offer.

    • kingbuccaneer - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Well said. The Tigers have nothing that the Rays want or desire. IF (which is a big if) Shields is moved during this season, it will be for either quality right handed corner OF bat or group of very solid prospects. I tend to lean towards the quality MLB RH outfielder. The Rays have soooo many very solid prospects at just about every position and every level of their minors. It’s getting to the point where they don’t know where to put all of these guys…

      Personally, I believe Shields means more to the team now than just some “quality” hitter. If I’m Friedman, I’d better be absolutely blown away to trade this guy away right now.

      • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        I like Shields, but if Andrew could make either deal, he should do it. The Rays have a great farm, but only Desmond Jennings is ready for the majors tomorrow. Position players that is. The Rays have 8 legitimate starting pitchers: the 5 they currently have,Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jake Mcgee. McGee is a starter converted to reliever because that is where they need him. Chirinos is the catcher of the future, but he’s still a ways away. If Kotchmann goes down, it is back to Dan Johnson, because we dont have anyone else.

        Niemann and Davis arent tradeable, that is, they wont bring enough to merit a trade. Price and Hellickson are stars. Shields value will never be higher, and as valuable as he has been this year, the bounty of studs he will bring should be taken. Shedding his and BJs salry for next year would be nice as well, as they account for almost 15 of the 30 million budget.

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