Angels, Tigers have serious interest in Rays’ James Shields

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop:

Rays veteran right-hander James Shields looks like a prime trade candidate and at least the Tigers and Angels are said to have interest.

There have been reports that the Rays might consider dealing any of their five viable right-handed starters. But Shields looks like the most logical candidate due to his $9-million option for 2013.

The Rays will be looking to acquire pitching prospects and/or a young catcher in a return package.

Shields, 30, has registered an underwhelming 4.39 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 20 starts this season, but he’s fanned 124 batters across 131 1/3 innings and can dominate opposing lineups when he’s really feeling it.

The SoCal native earned Cy Young Award votes last year after finishing with a 2.82 ERA in 249 1/3 frames.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.