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Rumors that James Shields is going to the Angels for Hank Conger, Peter Bourjos, and Ervin Santana have been constant, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark tempered those rumors by noting that Evan Longoria’s return would likely cut the Rays incentive to trade Shields since, with Longoria back in the lineup, the Rays would have much-improved chances to earn a spot in the playoffs.
Stark also reported that there is a “big market” for Rays reliever Wade Davis.
Based on Joe Maddon’s pre-game comments Saturday, the rumored trade being discussed between the Angels and Rays that would send James Shields and Ben Zobrist to the Angels for Garrett Richards and Howie Kendrick doesn’t appear to have an truth behind it.
When Maddon was asked if he and Andrew Friedman, ever “guffawed” at any of the rumors they read or hear about, he said they did on Saturday at the rumor about the trade with the Angels. Maddon maintained that their guffaw had nothing to do with the players involved rather the idea of the trade itself.
James Shields is rumored to be heading to any number of teams according to multiple reports. While some of what is being speculated could be true, like he’s been struggling because he’s trying to be too perfect due to the Rays’ lack of offense, I just don’t see this one happening.
Shields is too valuable for what the Rays are trying to do, which is to put a quality starter on the mound every night that is capable of going deep into the game. He’s healthy and seemingly just a tick off right now. In addition, Shields is well within the team’s price constraints; they have a $9 million option for him next season.
Andrew Friedman has said on many occasions that the Rays do not want to get into a situation where they have to pay “market” for their pitching. So keeping as much starting pitching as possible remains a priority. Besides, what do the Rays trade for? They need offense right now, but what will the team look like once Sam Fuld, Matt Joyce, and Evan Longoria return? Not knowing what they have and when they will have it further clouds this picture. So I think the rumors will continue, but I don’t see the Rays as players in making trades where their starting pitching is concerned.
I’m writing a story on J.P. Howell today, so I went to Field 5 to watch him throw 35 pitches during a bullpen session. Howell looked impressive, but I was more struck by what was happening on the mound next to him where James Shields was throwing.
Sometimes all of us forget what horses starting pitchers are, and Shields in particular, who has logged over 200 innings the past four seasons. He was throwing before Howell took the mound and after Howell had finished throwing, popping the catchers mitt crisply with no breaks in between.
Spring Training is all about getting starting pitchers prepared so they can throw 100 pitches during the regular season. Watching Shields was impressive.
Just like David Price did on Saturday, James Shields started and went just one inning — as planned — before exiting on Sunday.
The Rays right-hander looked sharp despite surrendering a home run to Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen. Don’t know how much the wind had to play with that one since it is racing out to left field.
– Bill Chastain
Troy Percival will make his second appearance of the spring Sunday against the Pirates in Port Charlotte and Jason Isringhausen will make his first appearance.
Opening Day starter James Shields will stay on schedule by pitching in a Minor League game at home Tuesday, which is an off day for the Rays.
Finally, Rays fans will get a chance to see new addition Matt Joyce Thursday when he’ll be used against the Cardinals as the DH after regular DH Pat Burrell gets two at-bats.
James Shields will be the Rays’ first starter of their top four to start a spring game when he goes against the Red Sox Saturday in Port Charlotte.
Wade Davis will make Sunday’s road trip to Fort Myers to start against the Red Sox then Scott Kazmir will start Monday against the Twins at home. On Tuesday the Rays will roll out Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine, and David Price against the Blue Jays at home.
Rays manager Joe Maddon surprised reporters Wednesday afternoon by announcing that James Shields will be the Rays’ Opening Day starter April 6 in Boston.
Maddon said Shields’ work the past two seasons earned the right-hander the honor.
Scott Kazmir is slotted to start the Rays’ second game, April 8 at Boston, and will be followed by Matt Garza and Andy Sonnanstine.