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[7:14 pm] Rays consigliere Ken Rosenthal says the Rays have cooled to the idea of trading James Shields. Keep in mind, Rosenthal is one of the few national media members that that the Rays feed info to.
[6:30 pm] Mark Bowman, who speculated earlier that the Braves and Wade Davis might be a fit, now has sources saying the Braves have discussed Davis, but that the Rays “seem reluctant” to trade him.
[11:00 am] The big name on everybody’s radar right now is James Shields, and as you can expect at this time of year, we are hearing 30 different things.
According to Buster Olney, some “rival executives” believe James Shields will definitely be traded in the next 36 hours. However, the Rangers, a team we thought we get more interested one Zack Greinke landed with the Angels, don’t think Shields will be moved.
However, Jon Heyman says the Rangers, along with the Cardinals and Dodgers, are the “main suitors” for Shields. Marc Topkin adds the Indians and the Braves to the mix. So there are plenty of interested teams, and it only takes one to make a huge offer.
Heyman adds, that if the Rays do trade Shields, they want a package bigger than what the Brewers got for Greinke (three prospects).
Meanwhile, Andrew Friedman sounds like a guy that wants to hear offers, but isn’t in a terrible hurry to make a deal. And in what is his typical stance in late July, Joe Maddon says “my feeling…is taht we’re not going to do anything.”
The other big pitching name that teams are interested in is Wade Davis. But while we keep hearing about how a lot of teams are interested, we have heard very little in the way of actual negotiations or specific teams targeting Big Dub. Mark Bowman speculated that the Braves might prefer the cheaper Davis over Shields.
Finally, the new free agency compensation rules make a guy like BJ Upton much less valuable on the trade market. However, I am still surprised that his name hasn’t come up more in these rumors. In fact, it doesn’t sound like any teams are even kicking the Upton tires.