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December 20th in Rays History: James Shields is Born!

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On this date in 1981, James Shields is born. The veteran pitcher would persevere through a severe shoulder injury and defy the odds and expectations as he became the ace of the Rays staff and served as a leader/mentor for all of the Rays prized pitching prospects until he was traded to the Royals for a king's ransom following the 2012 season. After two seasons with Kansas City, Shields became a free agent and received a highly deserved payday courtesy of the Padres.

His career numbers with the Rays:

Rays Tenure GS IP W L ERA FIP K% BB%
2006-2012 217 1454.2 87 73 3.89 3.84 20.7% 5.6%


Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was J.P. Howell, answered first by jtmorgan

Wrong answers included Brian Anderson and Joel Peralta

Today's prospect:

"When he was a shortstop, [Prospect's] best tool was his arm, which now delivers consistent 92-94 mph fastballs with late life. Hitters can’t sit on his heater because he has a plus changeup, which is a nifty weapon against lefthanders.

Hint: ranked as the Rays 8th best prospect following the 2005 season


There are 105 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of triples Carl Crawford had during his Rays career.

Lets watch CC run!



- So in Friday's tank, I posted that Brandon Phillips would be traded finally. That trade has hit a snag as the Reds second baseman reportedly wanted a large amount for two years from Washington in order to waive his no-trade clause, so the Nationals are moving on.

- Rays Colored Glasses continued their rankings of the Rays top 50 prospects with opening day roster candidate, Taylor Motter (#13), and Angel Moreno (#33).

- This is a few days old, but an excellent look at trade values from The Process Report.

- Brandon Gomes wasn't signed by Cleveland surprisingly, however he was still taken by a team who covets Rays players...and management

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