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The Yankees asked the Rays about James Shields

Jul 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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Hey, you can’t get anything in this nasty old world unless you ask for it, right? So give credit to Brian Cashman for actually making the call to the Rays to inquire about James Shields, even if there was less than a snowflake’s chance that anything would come of it.  I mean, weirder things have happened.

But yeah, it’s one thing for the Mets to shop Carlos Beltran to the Phillies and the Braves, but it’s a totally different thing for the Rays and Yankees to make a deal. Unlike Shields, Beltran is obviously a straight rental. Likewise, the Rays are still arguably in contention this year where the Mets are not. More significantly, the Rays are more likely to seriously contend in the next two years than the Mets are, so they certainly have no interest in strengthening their opposition.

But hey, can’t hurt to make such calls, can it?

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

    Nothing wrong with Cashman making that call if it drives the page views of every beat writer and blogger around baseball. I bet Lupica and Feinsand slipped him a fifty each so they would have something to write about before the game.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Inspired by this post, Craig, i just inquired of my wife if I could move Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, and Kathrine Heigl into our guest rooms. After she agrees, then I’ll ask them. Hold the presses!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Every GM talks with other GM’s just to see what might be possible. Usually nothing happens, but just in case etc. It also gives thee GM some crumbs that they can give to beat writers.

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Actually, if there was a team to do it, it’d be the Rays. Friedman’s smart enough to know that the players he gets back could hurt the Yankees just as much as Shields hurts them. It depends on their contention horizons, but I don’t think he’d be one to reject such a deal out of hand. If he felt he could get enough value out of Shields to make the deal worthwhile, he’d do it.

  5. joshftw - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    So now we can expect the obligatory “The Red Sox are calling the Rays about James Shields” rumor any time now.

    Or, maybe Cashman and Freidman could make a deal. Just to spite Theo Epstein.

    Hey, a Yankee fan can dream, right?

    • patsandsox - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      LOL As a Sox fan I expect you are right. They dont want him in New York any more than you want him in Boston

  6. phukyouk - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    what part of “we need a muthafu**ing bat” does cashman not understand?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      The part where the Yankees are 2nd in OBP, 3rd in slugging, second in wRC+, first in home runs, second in stolen bases, first in BB%… I mean, I’m not sure what else you want from this offense. The only two clearly uprgradable spots are manned by legacy players whose egos have been prioritized over winning by ownership.

      • pisano - Jul 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        Kevin S…. You’re spot on with your post. One of those players has to be replaced asap, (Posada) and the other won’t be replaced anytime soon (Jeter) so the Yankees are stuck with him for a couple more tears. Down the road Arod will be in the shoes of these two. This is what happens to long term packages when players get old.

    • kevindallosto - Jul 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      Yankees need a bat? The same yankees that have ROBINSON CANO hitting 5th?

      Mariners need a bat, not yankees.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      phukyouk – I’m with you. We’re probably not going to get pitcher primo anyway, let’s pound ‘em with runs.
      Like tonight.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    The way he pitched against the Yanks the last seven days, I would do everything in my power to send him to another division, or league, or planet.

  8. hittfamily - Jul 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    I hope the Rays locker room takes this as an insult. The Rays are 5.5 games back with 2 months to play. The Rays started 0-6, but have virtually kept pace since then. If Longo finally turns it on, it will be equivalent to a major trade. The Rays obviously don’t stand a great chance, but with a better pitching staff than their competitors, nothing is in stone. They are the Yankees biggest competitor for a playoff spot. By Cashman making that call, is he implying to Rays management he thinks they are out of it. I think so. Get mad Longo.

  9. banksatdixie - Jul 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    It’d be worthless for the Yankees to deal for him. Most of that pitching power lies in the beard, and that shit has to go if he was in pinstripes.

  10. Ick McWang - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    the yanks don’t have anyone in their farm system that they would trade that would be better than what the rays have themselves. won’t happen, anyone who wants shields this year (Rays still control him next year, they don’t need to move him) is going to pay a kings ransom a la the Matt Garza trade. Upton is in the same boat, everyone assumes he is gone but the rays could just trade these guys at next years trade deadline.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:07 AM

      Wrong. The Yankees’ catcher depth blows away what the Rays have, and that’s not including Montero, whose bat is better than any in their system. And just because the Rays have their own top-end pitching prospects doesn’t mean they’d say no if Betances or Banuelos came available.

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