According to a source, the Dodgers identified right-hander James Shields as their No. 1 target.
The Rays recently exercised Shields’ $10.25 million option for 2013. However, given their limited payroll and depth of young arms behind Shields, it’s been rumored that Tampa Bay would consider trading the All-Star.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has said he is interesting in adding a starting pitcher this winter in part due to the uncertainty of the health of Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly.
Shields maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.52 and 1.168 over 33 appearances last season. The 30-year-old owns a career ERA of 3.89 over seven seasons with the Rays.