Found October 30, 2012 on
The Tampa Bay Rays probably have some big decisions to make this offseason in terms of player personnel, but they took care of one of the easier ones on Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have will pick up pitcher James Shields' option for the 2013 season. The 2012 option for the right-hander is worth $10.25 million.
Of course, there is still the chance that the Rays deal Shields before the start of the season. The club is at something of a crossroads, and could get a pretty nice package for an arm like Shields or ace David Price.
Shields was 15-10 in 2012 with a 3.52 ERA in 227 2/3 innings pitched. Shields has turned into a workhorse and is now a season removed from a 2011 campaign in which he tossed 11 complete games on his way to a 16-12 record and a 2.82 ERA that saw him finish third in American League Cy Young voting.
The 30-year-old (he'll be 31 on Opening Day) has also thrown at least 200 innings in each of his last six seasons.
BEST OF MAXIM
Like most teams, the Dodgers want to add a pitcher. At the top of their wish list sits a pretty good one.
The Dodgers have identified Rays right-hander James Shields as their No. 1 target, according to ESPN.com's Mark Saxon.
The Rays are reportedly expected to pick up Shields' 2013 option, which is worth $10.25 million, but it's possible that Tampa...
The Tampa Bay Rays will pick up the $10.25 million option on pitcher James Shields, according to a Tampa Bay Times report. The Rays haven't made an official announcement, but have told Shields' agent, the paper said. The righty posted a 3.52 ERA in 30 starts this season.
The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options Wednesday on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina.
The team also declined its $6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott, instead paying him a $1 million buyout.
Shields, who was 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season, gets a $9.5 million salary next year rather than a $1.5 million buyout. The 30-year...
The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised contract options on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina.
The team also declined its $6 million option Wednesday on designated hitter Luke Scott, paying him a $1 million buyout instead.
Shields, who was 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season, gets a $9.5 million salary next year rather than a $1.5 million buyout.
This offseason was going to be filled with several questions for the Rays. First on the list was going to see what player options they were going to pick up. Today, the team announced they will pick up three player options for 2013 while declining one. The Rays picked up options on catcher Jose Molina and pitchers James Shields and Fernando Rodney. Tampa Bay declined the option...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options Wednesday on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina.
The team also declined its 6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott, instead paying him a 1 million buyout.
Shields, who was 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season, gets a 9.5 million salary next year rather than a 1.5...
The Rays had a disappointing 2012 campaign, but that can largely be tied to the absence of one player: Evan Longoria, the team's superstar third baseman who played just 74 games. Being without an MVP candidate for half of the season isn't a good way to compete for a playoff spot, and considering that the Rays fell just three games shy of a playoff berth, Longoria's absence...
With my annual trip to the Arizona Fall League getting underway Wednesday morning, this space will include notes from games I attend including the Rising Stars Game on Saturday night.
Free agency begins in earnest at 12:01 am EST on Saturday morning, so there should be plenty of activity in the coming days.
Options Picked Up
James Shields, SP, TAM ($10.5 million) - Shields...