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Report: Rays “dead-set” on keeping James Shields

Nov 2, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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James Shields posted a fantastic 2.82 ERA in 33 starts this season, striking out 225 batters and issuing only 65 walks across 249 1/3 innings.

There’s been some thought that the Rays might try to capitalize on that breakout 2011 campaign by shopping the 29-year-old right-hander this winter. He’s owed a $7.5 million salary in 2012 and Tampa Bay has talented young arms on the way.

But it doesn’t sound like a trade will happen.

According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Rays’ front office is “dead-set against” moving Shields this offseason. And the same goes for youngster Jeremy Hellickson, who had a 2.64 ERA in the second half.

The market for available starting pitchers remains bleak beyond lefty C.J. Wilson. And maybe Yu Darvish.

  1. tashkalucy - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Maybe the other teams could talk the Indians out of Derek Lowe.

    They would want back a right-handed power-hitting 1B or LF that is a lock to drive in 100 runs and has a multi-year contract not over $7M per year.

    • brianc6234 - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:37 AM

      I hope you’re joking. Why would anyone want Derek Lowe?

      • tashkalucy - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM


        I don’t know why the Indians did.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Makes sense for the Rays to keep him this year. His contract is only $7M besides they can move him during the trade deadline in 2013 his contract in both 2013 and 2014 is $9 and $12M respectively. Both numbers most any team would be happy to pay if he has anything close to the year he had in 2011. Smart move by the Rays.

  3. hittfamily - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Cya David Price.

    The Rays simply can’t afford David Price, James Shields, and BJ Upton.

    Longo – 4.5MM
    Zobrist – 4.5MM
    Shields – 7MM
    KFarnsworth – 3.3MM
    W Davis – 1.5MM

    Total = 20.8MM

    Arbitration eligible players:
    Upton – 7MM
    Price – 7MM
    Peralta – 1.8MM
    Niemann – 2.7MM

    Total = 18.5
    + 16 Minimums = $8M

    Total = $47.3M

    They also spent a lot of money in the draft this year. They are at 47 million before signing a catcher, DH, 1B, or SS. They have already said they will keep it under 50MM. If Shields stays, Price or Upton have to go. I think Upton stays, because they can replace Price much easier than they can replace Upton. Also, price will bring back a haul, being a top lefty with 3 years of arbitration in front of him. Looking at the numbers, I don’t think they can keep 1 of their 3 $7MM guys.

    • jjschiller - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Yes, it might be hard to replace a .243/.331/.429 line in CF… But then again, maybe they could use the kid who put up a .259/.356/.449?

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    I believe the last time the Rays started a pitcher that was 30 years old or older was May 2007 (Jae Weong Seo) it was over 750 games ago. Shields turns 30 this coming December. In all likelihood he will be the next one.

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