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Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are Rays pitchers most likely to be shopped

Dec 14, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay has all kinds of starting pitching depth, leading to speculation that they’ll try to cash some of it in for lineup help at some point.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times examined all the rotation options and concluded that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are the most likely starters to be traded by the Rays, while stud prospect Matt Moore and Rookie of the Year winner Jeremy Hellickson are basically untouchable.

James Shields falls somewhere in between, as he’d be the most obvious way for the Rays to add an impact hitter but is also one of the league’s best right-handers and under team control for three more years at a total of $29 million.

Davis (through 2017) and Niemann (through 2014) are also under team control for years to come, but with high-upside starters coming up through the system there isn’t room in the rotation for everyone long term.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    How about both of them to the Cubs for Chris Carpenter and/or Jae-Hoon Ha?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Okay, and Jeff “I don’t know what my role will ever be” Samardzija.

  2. jehzsa - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    What a nightmare for a team!

    I wonder how them thar Rays are able to sleep at night!

  3. thejotapee - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I’d love for the Marlins somehow get both of these guys. Then they could shop Nolasco.

    • kingbuccaneer - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      We’ll be GLAD to take Hanley off your hands for both of them and another minor leaguer.

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