Twins look into Rays’ Shields

by Matthew on November 4, 2012

The Minnesota Twins have made an inquiry into Tampa Bay Rays’ starter James Shields’ availability.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Twins are looking into the possibility that the Rays, although having exercised Shields’ option for 2013, could still be willing to deal him for some hitting help.

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The 31-year-old top-flight talent posted a 3.52 ERA over 30 starts this season in Tampa, and has been very durable, pitching 200 innings six consecutive seasons.

Therefore, it is likely the Rays will only consider trading Shields for a package that includes at least one MLB-ready top prospect. Something the Twins do not have many of.

In terms of his contract, Shields is set to drag down $9 million in 2013 with a club option worth $12 million in 2014 that includes a $1 million dollar buyout.

Neither of which are cost prohibitive for the Twins.

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