According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, at least seven clubs have scouts at tonight’s game to watch James Shields pitch against the Seattle Mariners.

The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels – who are known to be looking at starting pitchers – were among the clubs that had scouts in attendance Friday when Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields started against Seattle…The Boston Red Sox, another club trying to add starting pitching, had a talent evaluator on hand as well. So did the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays.

Well, isn’t that interesting. Teams could just be doing their homework. But it also smells like we could be about to witness a bidding war. And if that happens, the Rays would gladly take the haul of prospects and insert Jeff Niemann into the rotation when he comes off the DL.

The report also states that the Tigers have had their eyes on Shields for a while and have the catching prospects that could get a deal done…

The Tigers have had interest in Shields for years, sources say, and could have the catching prospects (Rob Brantly or James McCann) the Rays want in return.



  1. Grace says:

    We do not care. We want to keep him.

    • Dave L says:

      Agreed Grace.

      An MLB season is a marathon race.

      The Yanks have opened up a lead so huge they are around the bend and over the hill.

      So what? Forget about that for now.

      We are in a pack racing for the wild cards. These other teams are as flawed as we are and we can hang with them.

      But you know what makes this year different?

      In a one game wild card who do they have?

      In the past its Verlander, Lee etc. and we lose.

      Now we are in 2012 -- David Price is the stopper, the one his teammates feed off of to win.

      Others have us as sellers. Sorry. Not yet.

      Season is over they say?

      Rays Index has become the site people gather to cash in our chips on 2012 and hope for the distant future.

      To blazes with them as my old man used to say.

  2. Don says:

    Remember just this week the Rays said "our deadline is April" , maybe something to glean in that , "off-season" ?

  3. don says:

    See if Boston would give us Shopp. back, not that he is any good but hes hitting 100 points better and is at least as good a defensive catcher as our FO signee...they probably would have thrown in youkalis a few weeks ago..Valentine said he was no much for manage player evaluations...If you don't like the guy say so....ala Maddon and jaso..just give him away..

  4. Raysfan137 says:

    Looked at the numbers for those Tigers catching prospects. Must be some intangibles someone in the media likes because I like Lobo, Chirinos, Giminez and others much better both of those. Mediocre minor league numbers.

    • Bob Lablah says:

      I agree 100%. Brantley the catcher from Detriot must be doing something because his numbers are not that impressive. If we deal Shields to the Tigers it better include Jacob Turner and Nick Castellenos plus a catcher. I do not want to see another Garza like trade where we get 50 b level prospects with high upside for a proven workhorse coming off a no hitter. Garza should have netted us at least 1 solid major league bat (not named Fuld). Can you imagine what a bat would of done for our playoff runs.

  5. Lane Meyer says:

    I'd rather we trade him to the Pirates or Giants, don't want to trade him and then have him beat us in a crucual game. One of them must have a near MLB-ready SS or Catcher.

    • Lane Meyer says:

      Better yet, trade him to the Reds for Billy Hamilton and convert him to an OF to replace Upton. Then Trade Upton and Sean Rod to the Nats for Morse and Desmond.


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