Shields told option will be picked up
Not that there was much question anyway, but the Rays have already informed RHP James Shields they are picking up his $10.25-million option for next season, agent Page Odle said today.
An official announcement from the team on Shields will come in the next few days.
Even with his option picked up, there is no guarantee Shields will still be with the team next season as his name will come up in trade talks - or at least trade rumors - throughout the winter. Shields, 30, was 15-10, 3.52 in 2012, surpassing 200 innings for the sixth straight season, and could be a hot topic given a lack of top starters on the free agent market.
The Rays also have to decide by Friday night on options for RHP Fernando Rodney, an obvious yes at $2.5-million; DH Luke Scott, a most likely no at $6-million (though they do have to pay a $1-million buyout so could try to negotiate a lower-priced deal); and C Jose Molina, a bit of a interesting decision at $1.8-million.