Toronto showing interest in James Shields

The Blue Jays are the latest team showing interest in free agent pitcher James Shields, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal for FoxSports.com.

There are currently not negotiations in place between Toronto and Shields’ agent, Page Odle, but the club is having internal discussions trying to find a price where they would be comfortable signing Shields.

Shields, 33, is one of the prime free agent pitchers still available along with former Tigers pitcher and Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. Shields would fit at or near the top of the Blue Jays rotation, along with veteran starters R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle and young pitchers Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison.

Shields was initially expected to reach a contract of at least five years, $100 million and Fox Sports has reported hearing from two execs that Shields has a five-year, $110 million offer. Fox Sports reports that Shields either never received that report or did not want to sign with the team that offered it. Shields is expected to receive a four-year deal in the $70 million to $80 million range.

Arizona and Detroit are also reportedly in the mix for Shields.

-Jamal Collier

7 Comments

Smoak, a young #5 starter, a prospect, and a #2 Round Draft Choice for Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard. Hamels is consistently better than Shields, and Hamels has a World Series ring on his finger. Howard might just rake in Toronto, hitting behind Bautista & Encarnacion. Tell you one thing, you wouldn’t have a vacant seat the whole season long….

Except in baseball you can’t trade draft picks…stick to hockey until you learn the rules

Actually you can trade the competitive balance picks that go between the first and second rounds… usually in the early 30’s.

Is it too late to congratulate Pedro ole bro hall of fame

Problem is that Cole Hamels has a no trade clause if I believe and one of the teams is Toronto

As a Jays fan I’d like to see Sheilds come and then we trade for a 8th or the guy because we already have Sanchez who is BEAST.

8th or 9th guy

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