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The Rays aren’t going to trade James Shields

Tampa Bay Rays v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE - JUNE 02: Starting pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields. This after a week of random speculation that the Reds, Yankees and maybe some other teams would be interested.

Shields is having a fantastic year, but the trade matchups don’t seem ideal at the moment, with the teams that may need him the most -- the Yankees and Red Sox -- not being viable trade partners for the AL East-dwelling Rays. Given that he is subject to team options for the next three years, it may make more sense for the Rays to shop him -- if that is their intent -- come winter.