While Rays' GM Andrew Friedman is playing it close to the vest, multiple reports have surfaced that Shields is, in fact, available, and according to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, the Rays seek young pitching and their catcher of the future in any deal, whether it be for Shields or another one of their pitchers:
Rays are a fascinating team to watch. Could trade starters (anyone but Price, Moore), relievers, Upton. Looking for young catcher, pitchers
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) July 18, 2012
With things about to get fast and furious less than two weeks away from the trade deadline, how is a fan supposed to keep up on it all?
That's where B/R comes in—we'll be bringing you the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the Cubs' most valuable trade chip, along with analysis and everything else that comes with it. The best part—everything will be right here, so there's no risk of missing a juicy rumor that just broke.
Let's take a look at the latest rumblings surrounding the man known as "Big Game James," shall we?
*This will be updated on a regular basis—often multiple times per day—so while the post date will always show as July 22, simply click to the next slide to see the latest rumors and rumblings about Shields as the Rays attempt to define whether they are going to be buyers or sellers.*