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Rays will exercise $10.25 million option on James Shields

Oct 30, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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In one of the biggest no-brainer calls of the offseason, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have informed right-hander James Shields that they’ll exercise his $10.25 million option for 2013.

Shields is a tremendous bargain at that price after bouncing back from a rough 2010 season to throw 477 innings with a 3.15 ERA and 448/123 K/BB ratio during the past two years.

He’s cracked 200 innings in six straight seasons, struck out a career-high 8.8 batters per nine innings this year, and because they were smart enough to lock him up to a long-term extension early the Rays also hold an option on Shields for 2014.

The only question now is whether a team that’s always heavy on young pitching and always light on payroll room will shop Shields around this winter.

  1. APBA Guy - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    They will shop him. Just ask Gio and Trevor Cahill what happens when you sign for more money than the team usually absorbs. The good news for Shields is twofold. That money is his to keep regardless, and he’ll probably end up on another pretty good-or better-team.

  2. raysfan1 - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    If he’s trade bait, it needs to be for a 1B who can hit.

    • indaburg - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      I would be happy to get anyone who can hit. A pull hitter who doesn’t succumb to any defensive shift and doesn’t strike out 200 times a year. I’m going to put that on my Christmas wish list this year. I don’t want to lose Shields–he’s a very good pitcher and still a bargain at that price–but we have an abundance of pitching. We need hitting.

    • albertmn - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Morneau?

    • Rockie D. Bull - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      The Rays had a first baseman who could hit, he plays for the Indians now. Damon and Kotchman should have both been back instead of the 2 busts – Scott and Pena. Keppinger could play 1st every day.

  3. gotampabay52 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I dont mind trading shields just get a 1B that strikes outs once twice not FOUR TIMES IN ROW

  4. jrillah10 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Shields isn’t going anywhere. Didn’t the Giants just win with pitching? They had some clutch hitting too, but other than Sandovol, no one there is great. Though I still wish we would have selected Posey a few years back.

  5. prosourcetalk - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Shields for Billy Butler?

  6. natslady - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Shields for Michael Morse plus a prospect?

  7. pisano - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Smart move, the guys a keeper.

  8. tbbucs621 - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Buster Posey should be a TB Ray! I think they will keep him unless they get an offer they can’t decline.

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