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.