New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Rays Will Not Deal Shields to Yankees

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2011

ST PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 16:  :  Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Tropicana Field on July 16, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Via Buster Olney of ESPN:

The Yankees called the Rays about James Shields and were told he is not available — presumably to NYY, and BOS.

Not sure if that means he’s unavailable or unavailable to the Yankees, but either way he is not coming to the Bronx. Sometimes it seems shortsighted for teams to not want to deal within their own division, but with the lack of talented pitching available it probably doesn’t matter.

If the Rays are looking to deal him, they would be able to get a good offer from somebody else—the Yankees aren’t the only team with prospects.

So the Rockies don’t seem to be serious in trading Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rays won’t trade Shields to the Yankees and the next best pitcher available, Hiroki Kuroda, won’t waive his no-trade clause for an east coast team.

At this point, the Yankees are probably forced to go with what they have.


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