Yoda wrote:I don't really think that this is even debatable. Webb is an elite pitcher and his workload is not something I'd be concerned about at this point.
Webb is the better option by quite a bit, with the fact that he gets to feast on NL West line-ups down the stretch serving as icing on the cake (this is not to say that Shields is bad, but simply that Webb is elite with few peers).
However, I would not really worry a ton about the durability of either. The Rays did the smart thing and shut Shields down for the last 4 weeks of 2007 at the first sign of any arm fatigue. Shields has been managed well in terms of arm stress and if I am recalling correctly his stress score on that index that tracks such things (can't remember the name) is pretty low this year as well.
It's a digression, but the way Shields has been handled should make people who have Price in keepers feel good.