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MLB Trade Rumors: Braves Interested In Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher James Shields

After striking out on Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, the Atlanta Braves are looking for someone to help them in the final stages of the regular season. That could come in the form of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields, who despite struggling as of late, could still be a pitcher to help sure up the rotation.

According to Fox Sports writer Ken Rosenthal, Shields is fielding interest from several teams including the Braves. While the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim appear to be the team with the most interest in Shields, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals all have varying levels of interest.

If the Braves do acquire Shields, they certainly hope that his bad luck leaves as he leaves Tampa Bay. In his last seven starts, Shields is pitching with a 6.15 ERA. If he is able to get off the run of bad luck if he is traded, he will certainly be an asset for any team.

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