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2012 MLB Trade Rumors: James Shields Market Cooling

The trade market for Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields may be cooling as teams are starting to think that the Rays aren't serious about moving him before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Rays are reportedly asking for a package that is greater than what Milwaukee got from Anaheim for Zack Greinke.

The Rays are said to be seeking "north of Greinke," referring to the three-prospect package the Brewers got for star pitcher Zack Greinke, who is a free agent after the season. So if they do trade him, it will obviously be expensive in terms of the prospect return.

The Texas Rangers may already be out on Shields and if the Atlanta Braves weren't willing to give up a package of prospects for Greinke then it is highly unlikely that they would do so for Shields.

For more on the Braves head over to Talking Chop. For news around the Major Leagues go visit Baseball Nation, and visit MLB Daily Dish for trade rumors from around Major League Baseball.

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