Rays pick up options on Shields and Farnsworth

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised their $7.5 million contract option for 2012 on pitcher James Shields.

The club also picked up a $3.3 million option for next season for reliever Kyle Farnsworth and declined a $3.2 million option on catcher Kelly Shoppach on Monday.

both Rays pick up options on Shields and Farnsworth

Kyle Farnsworth; Kelly Shoppach (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Shields went 16-12 with a 2.82 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 2011, leading the majors with 11 complete games, including

four shutouts to help the Rays make the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. Farnsworth had a career-best 25 saves in his first season as a full-time closer.

Shoppach started 71 games and batted .176 with 11 homers and 22 RBIs.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Best Barbecue In Tampa BayWhile one may not traditionally associate Florida with Southern barbecue, Tampa Bay has its fair share of great barbecue restaurants.
Report: Black Bears 'Robust and Growing' in FloridaWildlife officials say an analysis confirms Florida's black bear population is "robust and growing."

Listen Live