This post, which will appear before every game, will include starting lineups (when we learn them) and during the game will include a Game Graph that will constantly update the percent chance the Rays have of winning this particular game.

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Oddsmakers: What are the chances that James Shields is traded this off-season?

As I always say, if another team steps up and makes what the Rays consider a fair offer (something most other teams don’t consider fair), the Rays will trade anybody. But consider how much the Rays love pitching depth. And consider that Shields’ 2013 option is for $9 million and never gets hurt. And then realize that $20.0 million is coming off the books with Carlos Pena, BJ Upton, Joel Peralta, and Kyle Farnsworth (Pena could be back at a reduced rate). Shields still fits very nicely within the Rays budget (which they like to keep in $40-70M range). I’d say there is a very good chance Shields is back in 2013…10%

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Matt Joyce, RF
  4. Evan Longoria, DH
  5. Ben Zobrist, SS
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
  7. Carlos Pena, 1B
  8. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. Matt Moore, SP

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  1. Dave L says:

    I hate these 10:10 start times!

    Ok so Im an old geezer.

    Its so nice when times are good and wins are stacking up like cordwood!

  2. phil says:

    no way shields is back ..$21m over the next 2 years. need to save money for Price's increase and a bat. Next two years rotation: Price; Hellickson; Moore; Cobb; Niemann; Archer and Colome....that's 7 arms plenty!


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