Shields says he expects to stay with Rays; Maddon says the trade front is "extremely quiet"
UPDATE, 8:53: Rays manager Joe Maddon said he exchanged text messages with executive VP Andrew Friedman and things are "extremely quiet" on the trade front. "There's nothing to think about for me right now,'' Maddon said. "It's just play today and not worry about anything because it's probably going to look like this right after trade deadline also.''
Another sign: Maddon said he "not even thought about" a contingency plan for a Tuesday starter if Shields were to be traded "because I don't believe it's going to happen.''
BREAKING: With Tuesday's trade deadline looming, Rays pitcher James Shields doesn't expect to be going anywhere.
"It's looking like more and more I'm going to stay here,'' Shields said today.
Shields has been the Ray mentioned most prominently in rumors and reports. Shields is scheduled to start on Tuesday night, and said he preparing normally. "I plan on pitching tomorrow,'' he said.
Though the situation can change in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline, things seem pretty quiet overall involving the Rays.
CF B.J. Upton, who also gets mentioned as he is expected to leave as a free agent, said he and Shields have a bit of a running joke going.