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When will James Shields be traded?

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06:36 PM ET 12.05 | We've been hearing nonstop about the Rays - pitching depth- and how the Rays would be better served trading a starter and allocating their resources in a different way, specifically to improve their offense. Team after team has been linked to the Rays as a possible trade fit as pitching has become a tremendous commodity on the market. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports talked about how the value of the Rays, pitchers is at an all-time high as quality pitching options are hard to find these days. And talks are certainly progressing towards a trade, with James Shields being the most likely player to be dealt. The Rays (rightfully) consider David Price a player who is essentially untouchable, but Shields, who will make 10.25 million dollars in 2013 and has just two more years under team control, is a much more attractive trade option for the Rays.

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James Shields, AP Photo/Michael Dwyer James Shields, AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
December 5, 2012  07:26 PM ET

That photo makes me giggle.

December 5, 2012  09:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That photo makes me giggle.

And that is Big Game's file photo?

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December 6, 2012  03:30 AM ET
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Shields is about to make some team better. The Rays better get a lot for him.

Hoping it will be the Rangers, if for no other reason than they won't have to try to hit against him.

December 6, 2012  07:47 AM ET
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I was at that game and I can tell you that Shields, Upton and Gomes didn't exactly cover themselves in glory. They all fought like little girls and the quiff manager Joe Maddon seemed pretty proud of his boys when it was all said and done. It is a big reason why I have no respect for that dooosh.

You couldn't possibly be a fan of the Red Sox, could you?

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December 6, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Great picture....looks like he needs a little help with his mechanics though.

December 6, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Hoping it will be the Rangers, if for no other reason than they won't have to try to hit against him.

Me too.

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December 6, 2012  11:51 AM ET
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Great leanback, huh? I swear that could be a shot from an Ali-Liston fight if you just used the outlines.

Notice the extra wide stance by Crisp....very stable base and the fade to avoid the punch is classic Ali.

 
December 7, 2012  05:13 PM ET
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Notice the extra wide stance by Crisp....very stable base and the fade to avoid the punch is classic Ali.

I was thinking Tae Kwon Do from the stance, but whatever--the Boston player has had both training and experience, and the other guy is about to learn the hard way what that means.

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