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MLB: Rumors swirl over two locals

Hart grads Bauer, Shields could be on their way to new teams

Posted: December 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and Hart graduate Trevor Bauer, left, watches the action against the San Diego Padres on July 3 in Phoenix.

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Rumors, rumors and more rumors.

At Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, which began Monday in Nashville, Tenn. and conclude today, rumors of moves are being reported by the minute.

Two names that have been popular ones this week are Hart High graduates James Shields and Trevor Bauer.

Shields has proven to be one of the most dependable right-handers in the game and with an affordable contract and a pitching surplus with his Tampa Bay Rays, the 30-year-old is said to be one of the biggest trade chips in the 2012 baseball offseason.

There have been rumors that Shields is a target of his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers and rumors of him joining another Hart High graduate in left-hander Mike Montgomery in the Kansas City organization. There were also rumors of Shields being shipped to Washington.

The hottest rumor Wednesday was that Shields was a piece of a potential four-team blockbuster trade.

The teams involved are said to be Tampa Bay, Texas, Arizona and Cleveland.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, a top baseball insider, this trade would involve Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton, Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Texas prospects.

Tampa Bay is in dire need of offense and is said to be listening to offers for Shields or 25-year-old right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson, the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year, in hopes of landing some bats.

One of the teams involved in that potential deal is Arizona, which is said to be listening to offers for Bauer.

One trade that has been talked about is Cabrera, a two-time A.L. All-Star, in exchange for Bauer.

Bauer is just 21 years old, was the No. 3 pick in the First-Year Player Draft and has loads of promise. But reports have said that the Diamondbacks have soured on the young right-hander.

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