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Rays pickup options on Shields, Farnsworth but not Shoppach

Posted Oct 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Oct 31, 2011 at 06:02 PM


As expected, the Rays picked up the options on James Shields and Kyle Farnsworth and declined the option on Kelly Shoppach, paying the catcher a $300,000 buyout.

“I’m glad the waiting is over,” Shields said. “I had a feeling they were going to pick it up, but it’s good to know.”

Shields, whose career-season included a career-high 16 wins, a major league-leading 11 complete games and four shutouts, tied for the most in the AL, will make $7.5 million in 2012.

“You just never know in this game,” Shields said. “You never know that the team is thinking or what they’re going to do.”

Farnsworth, who had a career-high 25 saves, will make $3.3 million next season.

The Rays, who held a $3.2 million option on Shoppach for 2012, have not ruled out the possibility of resigning the catcher.


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