Arizona reportedly back in the mix for Shields

The cost of acquiring James Shields may not exceed $100 million after all.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday that the Diamondbacks are still in the mix for Shields, indicating that he may sign for less than the previously reported five years and at least $100 million.

The Diamondbacks were among several teams reportedly unwilling to continue their pursuit of Shields at that asking price. Rosenthal added that although Shields has received an offer of $110 million from one team, it’s not a club he’s interested in signing with.

Shields has also been linked to Boston, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego and, his former team, Kansas City this offseason, but all five, along with Arizona, were believed to have bowed out of the running at the expected price.

The 33-year-old right-hander, who received a qualifying offer from the Royals in November, is entering his ninth year in the Majors, coming off eight consecutive 200-inning seasons. He was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA last year, and helped the Royals advance to the World Series.

– Chad Thornburg

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