Posted July 22, 2012

Angels, Tigers interested in pitcher James Shields

MLB

A number of teams are interested in the services of Rays pitcher James Shields heading toward the trade deadline. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

As teams are trying to make a push for the playoffs, pitching will be essential especially with the upcoming trade deadline approaching.

The Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers are reportedly interested in Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields, according to CBSSports.com. The Los Angeles Dodgers may also be in the hunt, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The report says the Rays are looking for pitching prospects or a young catcher in return. Shields has a team option in his contract worth $9 million in 2013 and $12 million in 2014.  He is making $7 million this season.

Shields is 8-6 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 20 starts this season and has struck out 124 batters in 131 1/3 innings.