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Angels, Tigers have serious interest in Rays’ James Shields

Jul 21, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop:

Rays veteran right-hander James Shields looks like a prime trade candidate and at least the Tigers and Angels are said to have interest.

There have been reports that the Rays might consider dealing any of their five viable right-handed starters. But Shields looks like the most logical candidate due to his $9-million option for 2013.

The Rays will be looking to acquire pitching prospects and/or a young catcher in a return package.

Shields, 30, has registered an underwhelming 4.39 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 20 starts this season, but he’s fanned 124 batters across 131 1/3 innings and can dominate opposing lineups when he’s really feeling it.

The SoCal native earned Cy Young Award votes last year after finishing with a 2.82 ERA in 249 1/3 frames.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Rosenthal floated a terrible trade idea on the Angels broadcast of Shields and Zobrist for Izturis and Garret Richards.

    Of all the available pitchers, Shields has the most value. He has 2 cheap team options after this year of 9 and 12 million. Zobrist has one of the most team friendly contracts in the game.

    2012: $4.5 million
    2013: $5.5 million
    2014: $7 million
    2015: $7.5 million

    I nearly laughed myself out of my chair. Zobrist has the second highest WAR since 2009 behind Pujols. With 3 years left on his deal, they better get a buttload, not give up a buttload!

    • weaselpuppy - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      BR’s dWAR is jacked up….Zobrist’s 2008-2010 has 50% of the defensive value of Ryne Sandberg’s entire career??? Ummmm…no. I like Zobrist a lot, but that’s insane. Love to see my Tigers get Shields…what to give won’t include Castellanos though….Turner? possible…Turner Brantley and a low A pitcher? Yah that’s probably in the ballpark, though likely too much for a 1.3 yr player rental… I’m sure DD would want to work Porcello into that deal instead of Turner….

      • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        Porcello is used goods. Shields has 2 more options, not 1. Shields would get the top 2 of most organizations, so the Tigers better be ready to pony up Turner and Castellanos.

        Zobrist isn’t getting traded.

        Sandburg counldn’t play 7 positions above league average.

        You don’t like WAR. OK. Zobrist has an OPS+ of 120, 149, 96, 132, 137, and he steals 20 bags a year. That takes his elite defense out of the equation. You still don’t trade that guy with 3 years left on his contract (he’ll make less in 2013-2015 than Cano will make in 2014 alone) for Maicer Effing Izturis.

  2. jkaflagg - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Scott Kazmir…..

    Need I say more ?

    • brianc6234 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      That’s what I was thinking. Never trade for a pitcher from the Devil Rays. They use their pitchers until they wear them out and then trade them for more young pitchers. There must be a reason they want to dump Shields. No thanks on Scott Kazmir Part 2.

  3. stex52 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    If you want a quick encapsulation of the reason why the Astros are in such a hole, they gave Zobrist up as a minor leaguer in 2006 in order to rent Aubrey Huff (AUBREY HUFF!) for two months. The logic was they had a proven shortstop in Adam Everett and Zobrist was blocked. Then in 2008 they released Everett to sign Miguel Tejada.

    Meanwhile Zobrist cruises on to become a solid-to-great MLB player.

    • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      My favorite trade ever!!! Zobrist was the throw in player too! Some pitching bust was the highlight of that deal. The reason it’s my favorite trade ever is the Devil Rays PAID money, as opposed to received it for the first time in their history.

  4. mikeincmn - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I dont see the Rays trading Zobrist. Shields I could see considering the depth they have in the minors. That being said Rosenthal is a moron if he thinks Izturis would get a deal done with Richards. Izturis is pretty close to useless to the Rays, they already have utility guys in Rodriguez, Johnson and Brignac. I could see them offering Shields for Bourgas and another prospect or two. Rays could then look to swing BJ Upton to someone.

  5. ghhatrick9 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Garrett Richards for Shields? And Zobrist? Ah, that kid threw like 95 on every pitch against the Tigers for 6 innings. And they got one run? And he was listed #60 some thing on Baseball top 100? Meanwhile Turner gave up 7 runs day before and was listed #22. Yeah..i guess Tampa could use could Detroit. Wanna trade #22 and a bag of balls for #60? LOL…..

  6. dawgpoundmember - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Will not happen. Hollady and maybe say thad weber for someone else. I watched Thad weber pitch in person tonight and while he is great to pitching to contact, he will not work with the tigers. Turner is too much prospect value to give up for a guy with a $9 mil option for a year, DD won’t do it. Costenellos is an instant trade talk kill. Flat out, do not listen to a tigers trade talk unless it involves a second baseman.

  7. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    lol Garret Richards > James Shields as far as value goes

    • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      You don’t actually uderstand trade values do you. You are aware that the veteran signed to a below market value is worth more than the maybe in AA right?

  8. hotdogfinger - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Detroit, Do not trade Castellanos. Please.

  9. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    The 21st pitcher the Tigers have had interest in this month.

  10. billymc75 - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    The Angels got nothing in prospects

  11. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    If the Tigers give up Castellanos for Shields straight up their DD should be fired. Castellanos should be the stating RF in detroit by his 21st birthday

  12. scoregasmic - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Um…castellanos is a 3rd baseman not an outfielder, even if he was the tigers have plenty of outfielders Jackson boesch berry dirks young they don’t need another, Cabrera and fielder aren’t moving from their positions so castellanos has no where to play on the tigers, he’s perfect trade bait I know he’s good but he can’t help us in the minors or on the bench packaging him and turner could get us a real good pitcher and a decent second baseman which is exactly what the tigers need…then maybe they finally cut raburn

    • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      That is 12 kinds of ignorant. Boesch sucks, Berry sucks, Young sucks, and Cabrera still can’t play 3B. Castellanos is one of the top 3 hitting prospsects in all the minors and still very young. You don’t trade MVP type bats for league average pitchers (and let’s fact it, a guy with a 4.00 career ERA in the pitchers haven that is the Ray’s park is league average). Who care’s if Shields has a slightly below market deal….Castellanos will be far cheaper and provide greater value.

      Castellanos should be the starting 3B for Detroit soon, if they are smart enough to move Cabrera to DH, or a starting OF, if they are not.

      • centralchamps - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        your full of crap… Cabrera is playing a fine 3b…. smdh

      • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Cabrera has the worst range of any 3B in the majors. Yeah, he generally makes the play if it is hit at him, but more balls bounce past him than any other 3B. If that is “playing a fine 3B”, then you should be content with it.

  13. raysfan1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    If the Rays trade him, they need vaue back. Trading for prospects has been their m.o. But they need more bats in the line-up too.

  14. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    SCOREGASMIC & PAPERLIONS – Castellanos was moved to RF 2 days before the futrues game, and has played there ever since. With Cabrera showing he his adequate defensively, they finally moved him to RF.

  15. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Young’s contract is up at the end of the year and won’t be resigned. Boesch and his limp noodle of an arm will move to LF where he is more suited to play. If the Tigers want to be serious contenders players like Berry and Dirks are reserves.

  16. weaselpuppy - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Castellanos may be playing RF in DET in June/July next year, but long term is the 3b option as really Prince at 1b is a bigger defensive issue than Miggy at 3b…Prince will DH when vMart is gone and by then th etigers will have some more of the kids from the minors replacing Nick when he goes to 3b.

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