As we enjoy one of the greatest, wildest, sloppiest and most exciting games in baseball history, here are some news items....
In an interview with 620-WDAE radio (reported on by Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times), James Shields says he thinks the Rays will pick up his $7MM option for 2012 and he will pitch for the team next season. It would be surprising to see the Rays buy Shields out for $2MM and let him walk, though Shields would qualify as a Type-A free agent and get Tampa Bay two first-round draft picks as compensation once Shields declined an arbitration offer. The Rays are a near-lock to pick up Shields' option but they could shop the right-hander for a trade this winter.
Smith also notes that Shields' option could be
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