Tigers interested in James Shields?
The Tigers appear to have some interest in free-agent starting pitcher James Shields. Detroit has been in recent contact with Shields’ agent, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
It’s not clear how much interest there is between the two parties, Morosi adds.
The Tigers are in need of starting pitching going forward, as the club only has two pitchers signed past the 2015 season: Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez.
Detroit offered Max Scherzer a six-year, $144 million deal last year during Spring Training but he decided to test the free-agent market and appears likely to sign with another club. The Tigers could use some of that money to sign Shields, who almost certainly would command less than what the team offered Scherzer.
Shields is close with left-hander David Price, who was traded to the Tigers last year and is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season. The two were a part of the same rotation with Tampa Bay from 2008-12.
Shields, 33, was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts last year for the American League-champion Royals. The right-hander has been linked to a number of teams this offseason, including: Boston, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego, Arizona and Kansas City.