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The Rays aren’t going to trade James Shields

Jul 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields.  This after a week of random speculation that the Reds, Yankees and maybe some other teams would be interested.

Shields is having a fantastic year, but the trade matchups don’t seem ideal at the moment, with the teams that may need him the most — the Yankees and Red Sox — not being viable trade partners for the AL East-dwelling Rays. Given that he is subject to team options for the next three years, it may make more sense for the Rays to shop him — if that is their intent — come winter.

  1. dodger88 - Jul 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    “Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields”

    Until someone tweets that he is available.

    Is not!
    Is too!
    Is not!
    Is too!

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Gee. What a surprise.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Friedman and company don’t leak anything to the media. This report means nothing. According to reports, the Rays have been shopping Upton for 3 years now, and apparently there aren’t any takers.

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      For the price the Rays are asking for….there probably are not.

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