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.