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James Shields had an impact on the Tampa Bay Rays in more ways than one

By Rylan Stiles
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 03: : Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on September 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 03: : Pitcher James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on September 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays have had a good run of pitchers in their short history. Today, we roll on with number three

By now, you probably know the drill. We are ranking the top five pitchers in Tampa Bay Rays history. Today, it is time to decide who number three is. I have selected, James Shields.

Big game James spent seven years in Tampa Bay before the Rays shipped him off to Kansas City where he helped the Royals get to their first World Series in 30 years.

In Tampa Bay, James Shields also got the Rays to a world series. in that 2008 year, he posted 14-wins (again, that stat is relevant to me, but some still like it!) and turned in a 3.56 ERA in 2008.

For his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, James Shields went 72-63 with a sub-four ERA, six shutouts, over one thousand innings, over one thousand strikeouts, with a 1.233 WHIP.

James Shields has not had the best of luck at the end of his career. He followed up a decent at best stint with the Padres, with a horrific White Sox stay.

For the Rays, James Shields meant a lot, and he also garnered a lot. The Royals gave up their top prospect, Wil Myers, in a trade to nab James Shields and Wade Davis. The Rays then flipped Myers to the Padres for Burch Smith (who in full circle manner, pitched for the Royals last year), Jake Bauers (who was traded by the Rays this offseason to Cleveland), and Steven Souza. Travis Ott and Rene Rivera also got shipped to Tampa in the three-team Myers deal.

James Shields has made an impact on the Tampa Bay Rays in more ways than one.

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