BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 26: James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 26, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Despite a 6.15 ERA over his last seven starts, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports several teams, including the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, are expressing interest in Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields:
Still, teams that used advanced statistics – and the Angels, under first-year GM Jerry Dipoto, have now become one of those teams – are more forgiving of Shields’ performance than the average fan might be.
The Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals are among the other clubs with varying levels of interest in Shields, according to major-league sources.
We learned earlier this morning that the Rays are fielding offers for several of their pitchers, but Rosenthal says Tampa Bay could decide to "stand pat" this summer. Third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to return soon, and the club entered the day 2 ½ games back in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.
What type of trade package would you surrender for Shields?