Giants a good fit for Shields?
The Giants did not win the bidding war for Jon Lester, but San Francisco is not giving up on its pursuit of a premier starting pitcher and has reportedly focused in on James Shields.
There haven’t been many rumors involving Shields of late, but a number of folks around baseball seem to believe the Giants are the best fit for the free-agent right-hander, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that San Francisco is “now going hard” for Shields after losing out on Lester and third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Shields and Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available in free agency. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a guaranteed $200 million, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The price for Shields should be considerably less, and the Giants have money to spend after offering Lester $150 million over six years.
While the Giants appear to have interest in Shields, the club could fill out its rotation by bringing back either Jake Peavy or Ryan Vogelsong, writes MLB.com’s Chris Haft.