If any team is looking to add a big-time starting pitcher, it's the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto has been in many discussions to acquire a starter since the offseason began, including being barely outbid on Japanese prodigy Yu Darvish. As far as we know, the Jays haven't been looking into a James Shields trade yet. However, it wouldn't be a shocker if they show interest in him at some point in the future.
What would it take to get the Rays to send their ace out of Tampa Bay?
Veteran first baseman Adam Lind could potentially be a start to a deal. With the Rays in desperate need of a first baseman, Lind could be a great addition for the club. The left-handed slugger owns a lifetime .267 batting average and has established himself as a consistent 20-plus-homer-type player.
Blue Jays' No.1 prospect Travis d'Arnaud would essentially be the center of the trade package. The 22-year-old first-round draftee is one of the best position-player prospects in the American League. He hasn't reached Triple-A yet, but his .311 batting average with 21 homers and 78 RBI in Double-A last season combine to show that he isn't far from moving up.
D'Arnaud is a catcher, which would be his most attractive asset if the Rays were to pursue him. His defensive skills are pretty impressive, lead by his great arm behind the plate. The most interesting part about the possibility of d'Arnaud being traded is that he may not have a bright future in Toronto. Rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia appears to be emerging as the team's main catcher.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick is one minor leaguer you've probably never heard of. Marisnick is also considered one of Toronto's better prospects, and clearly for a good reason. Marisnick has the ability to a be a five-tool outfielder in the majors.
The 20-year-old possesses great fielding and throwing ability, excellent speed and rapidly rising hitting skills. Marisnick hit .320 along with 14 homers, 77 RBI and 37 stolen bases through his 118 games at Single-A Lansing.
Possible Trade: James Shields to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for 1B Adam Lind, minor league C Travis d'Arnaud and minor league OF Jake Marisnick.