David Price watched a handful of reporters approach James Shields on Friday afternoon as Shields sat in his corner locker inside the visitor's clubhouse at Angels Stadium. "Shields is off limits," Price yelled. Not so much to reporters inquiring about the latest trade rumors, Price meant, but to other teams inquiring about trading for Shields as Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaches. "Price doesn't want me to go, which is good," Shields said. "He loves me." The number of teams rumored to be asking Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman about a trade involving Shields reached six Friday morning according to several national baseball writers – the Angels, Dodgers, Braves, Rangers, Indians and Cardinals. That number was reduced to five later in the day when the Angels traded with the Brewers for 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zach Greinke, a move that strengthens the Angels, which began Friday tied atop the American League Wild Card standings. It also sets up a matchup Sunday between Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and Greinke. With Greinke off the market, teams that pursued Greinke might increase their interest in Shields. "If this guy is not available that might turn more of the focus on our guy, I can't deny that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said before the game. "But at the end of the day I still believe Shieldsy is going to be a Ray after the trade deadline is over. All this conjecture does occur and there's reasons why they're pointing at James, but I believe in my heart of hearts that it's not going to happen, that we're going to move on be normal and he's going to pitch like he can over the last two months of the season."
Shields caught in rumor mill again
Tampa Tribune | Jul 28