|Hot Stove: Rays pickup options on James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth||11.01.11 at 9:07 am ET|
The Rays picked up the options on starting pitcher James Shields and reliever Kyle Farnsworth on Monday, while declining the option on catcher Kelly Shoppach, according to Tampa Bay Online.
The 29-year-old Shields led the league in complete games with 11 this past season. He also recorded a career-high 16 wins to go along with a 2.82 ERA and 225 strikeouts. His option for the 2012 season is worth $7.5 million.
“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.”
Farnsworth had a career-high 25 saves in 2011 and will make $3.3 million in 2012.
Shoppach’s $3.2 million option was decline for next year, as the Rays paid the catcher a $300,000 buyout, but Tampa Bay may still consider resigning him.
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