Shields: It's a recipe for success
James Shields is the most veteran of all Rays, entering his 12th spring in the organization, and he definitely likes what he sees of this year's team.
"We've got some good things going on here,'' Shields said. "I think we made some good moves this off-season. It's nice to see some new guys coming in and some old guys coming back. I think we have a pretty good squad. We kept the nucleus of our pitching staff, we kept pretty much the nucleus of our defense, added some new offense in there. I think it's a recipe for success.''
And being considered among the favorites to win, he said, is a good thing.
"That's what we want to be, that's our goal every year to be that team that every one wants to come after,'' Shields said. "Our goal is to go to the World Series and win it. We've been in the playoffs three out of the last four years, that's pretty good compared to what we've done over the last 15 years. We've got a good team over here. We've got a really good team. I'm excited about it. We've got a good pitching staff. Everything is right in line for success. We've just to go right out there and execute it.''