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Rays Rumors: Tigers, Angels Eyeing James Shields

July 15, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Boston Red Soxat Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
July 15, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Boston Red Soxat Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields has drawn interest from the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:

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

Heyman hears that the Rays would be willing to trade "any of their five viable right-handed starters." This would not include southpaws David Price and Matt Moore.

In exchange for Shields or another starter, Heyman says the Rays would be seeking "a young catcher and/or young pitcher."

Heyman says there’s "nothing to" the report of the trade that would send Shields and Ben Zobrist to the Angels for Howie Kendrick and a package of younger players. He says LA is looking to strengthen their rotation, while the Tigers have been tied to pitching this summer.

Shields has struggled with the Rays this season, though he was one of baseball’s best starters in 2011. On the year, the 30-year-old has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.39 and 1.439, but he owns career marks of 4.00 and 1.253.

Shields is making $7 million this season and his contract includes team options for 2013-14 for $9 million and $12 million with buyouts of $1.5 million and $1 million.

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Which pitcher, if any, should the Rays trade?

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