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The Reds are interested in James Shields

Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

HOUSTON - JUNE 24: Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays congratulates catcher Kelly Shoppach #10 after his sixth complete game of the season as they defeated the Houston Astros 5-1 at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Buster Olney tweeted this morning that the Reds are interested in James Shields. The Rays may be receptive too, given that Tampa Bay scouts have been evaluating Reds minor leaguers this week.

It would be a pretty good time for the Rays to trade Shields. He’s been fantastic this year, logging seven complete games so far, and showing once again that he is a total workhorse. And of course, given how little starting pitching is available at the moment, they could demand a pretty high price for him, I’d presume. I mean, it’s not like the Reds are the only team who would have a use for the guy.

Meanwhile, the Reds could use something to kickstart a rotation which sports the third worst ERA in the National League, better than only the Astros and the Cubs.