PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 24: Relief pitcher Wade Davis #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch during game two of an interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 24, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Angels are talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about right-hander James Shields. But the Angels also are interested in some of the Rays’ other available pitchers, including right-hander Wade Davis, major-league sources say.
Davis, 26, is an "intriguing alternative to Shields," according to Rosenthal. The Angels could continue to use Davis as a reliever, as the Rays have this season, or they could stretch him out and add him to their 2012 rotation.
Rosenthal reports that regardless of how the Angels use Davis this season, they would make him a starter over the long-term. The right-hander is potentially under team control through the 2017 season, as his contract includes team options of $7 million, $8 million and $10 million from 2015-17.
While the Angels could look to acquire a starter such as Shields or Davis, Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting LA is "spreading the word" that they’d rather not keep outfielder Vernon Wells around as an extra outfielder when he’s activated from the disabled list.
One executive who Stark spoke with predicted Wells would get traded, speculating that it would be "one of those deals where they eat the money, you pay him a half-million dollars and hope you get lucky."
Which available starter should the Angels target?