According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Rays have exercised both Big Game James Shields $7.5 million and Kyle Farnsworths $3.3 million one year options. However, they declined Kelly Shoppach’s $3.2 million option.
Is it an understatement to say that picking up both Shield and Farnsy were easy decisions? I’d say so!
Shields posted a 2.82 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 249 1/3 innings in 2011, including a league leading 11 complete games and for shutouts. It’s safe to say that Shields trade value has sky-rocketed through the roof though Rays executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has made mention that he’d prefer to preserve the Rays pitching depth. Farnsworth posted a 2.18 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 57 2/3 innings out of the bullpen in 2011 as the Rays “closer”.