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Royals monitoring Shields’ situation, unlikely to sign him

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said he is “still monitoring” the market for James Shields, but added that the club is unlikely to sign him, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Though Shields’ price tag is likely to drop a bit in the near future, if it hasn’t already, the right-hander will likely remain out of the Royals’ price range. Along with the financial limitations, the Royals already have six pitchers set to compete for the five rotation spots in Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, Edinson Volquez, Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy.

The market for Shields is still largely unclear at this point, but the Marlins, Diamondbacks, Padres and Blue Jays are all among the teams that have been linked to him, one way or another, in recent days.

– Paul Casella

Marlins still considering making push for Shields

The Marlins are “still discussing” the possibility of pursuing free agent right-hander James Shields, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The market for Shields remains mostly unclear at this point, with numerous teams being linked — and then unlinked — to him this offseason. The Marlins are certainly one of those teams, as the club has been mentioned as a potential landing spot at times this winter, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported earlier this week that the chances Miami will sign him are currently “zero.”

That, of course, could change rapidly, especially if Shields’ price tag begins to drop. The 33-year-old is said to be seeking a five-year, $125 million deal, while some reports have suggested that teams are leaning more towards offering him a four-year pact in the neighborhood of $80 million.

While the market portion of things will shake out in the coming days, the Marlins could certainly use Shields in their rotation. Shields could provide the team with an ace-caliber pitcher until Jose Fernandez is ready to return from Tommy John surgery, at which point the Marlins would figure to have one of the stronger starting pitcher duos in the National League.

It would also bolster the postseason chances for a team that is clearly looking to make a push into October after a busy offseason. Those postseason hopes also get a lift in the short-term by the fact that the Marlins play in the NL East, a division that currently features three teams that are in various stages of rebuilding in the Braves, Mets and Phillies. All signs point toward trying to build an immediate contender in Miami and adding a pitcher of Shields’ caliber could make a significant impact.

– Paul Casella

Marlins reportedly sign Ichiro to one-year deal

The Marlins have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio.

The 10-time All-Star will provide the Marlins with added depth as a fourth outfielder behind starters Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. Suzuki, whp turned 41 in October, still hit a respectable .284/.324/.340 over 143 games for the Yankees last season, while also stealing 15 bases.

Though he has played primarily right field since 2009, Suzuki did make brief appearances in both left and center field with the Yanks last season and could make appearances at either spot for the Marlins, if needed.

Most notably, Suzuki is just 156 hits shy of 3,000 for his Major League career. While it’s unlikely that he’d rack up that many hits this season, given his limited role, another solid campaign could position him for another one-year deal and a shot at 3,000 in 2016.

– Paul Casella

Marlins add Masset on Minor League deal

The Marlins and reliever Nick Masset have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract, according to a report by CBS Sports.

It’s not clear if the deal includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Marlins have not confirmed the report.

Masset, 32, appeared in 51 games with the Rockies last season. The right-hander was 2-0 with a 5.80 ERA and 36 strikeouts against 24 walks over 45 innings. He did not pitch in the Majors from 2012-13 because of shoulder issues.

– Austin Laymance

Blue Jays interested in Ichiro?

The Blue Jays are reportedly showing some interest in free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Suzuki, 41, has also been linked to the Marlins, who are looking for a fourth outfielder. The Orioles are looking for outfield help as well, and they have been said to have interest in Suzuki.

The Blue Jays have a glaring need in the outfield with Melky Cabrera gone to the White Sox via free agency and Colby Rasmus likely to sign with another club. Toronto has four outfielders on its 40-man roster in Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Dalton Pompey and Michael Saunders.

Suzuki is 156 hits shy of 3,000 in his Major League career. The 10-time All-Star and former American League MVP Award winner might have to take a pay cut this year, though, after earning $6.5 million in each of the past two seasons with the Yankees.

– Austin Laymance

Marlins interested in Ichiro, Schierholtz

The Marlins have reportedly checked on veteran free agent Ichiro Suzuki as a potential fourth outfielder, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com adds that the club has also considered pursuing fellow free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

Neither player would figure to crack Miami’s starting lineup, with Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton penciled in as the Marlins’ starting outfield trio. That said, the Marlins seem intent on finding a left-handed bat to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, as well as an option off the bench.

The 41-year-old Suzuki posted a .284/.324/.340 batting line over 143 games for the Yankees this past season, while Schierholtz racked up an unsightly .195/.243/.309 line over 122 combined games between the Cubs and Nationals. The disappointing numbers for Schierholtz came just one season after he hit a career-best 21 homers to go along with a .251/.301/.470 batting line over 137 games with the Cubs in 2013.

– Paul Casella

Shields reportedly in line for nine-figure deal

Though the James Shields sweepstakes is yet to really heat up this winter, the free agent right-hander is expected to land a contract north of $100 million, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal actually adds that two Major League executives say that Shields already has a five-year, $110 million offer in hand from an unknown team.

The Red Sox, Giants, Marlins and Diamondbacks are all among the teams that have shown interest in Shields at various times this offseason, though no club has been linked to anything concrete regarding the veteran righty. In fact, Rosenthal goes on to say that the Marlins and D-backs have both backed off in their pursuit of Shields recently, while the Red Sox and Giants are also longshots when it comes to making a play for Shields.

As for other potential landing spots, Rosenthal mentions the Yankees, Tigers and Angels as three teams looking to upgrade their rotation — but adds that none of those three clubs have been linked to Shields thus far.

Another thing working against Shields’ market is the fact that he rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals earlier this offseason, meaning a potential suitor would need to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. The $100 million price tag, combined with the need to forfeit a draft pick, seems to be a steep price for any team to pay for a 33-year-old pitcher that has logged 1,910 innings over his nine-year career — including 200-plus frames in eight straight seasons.

Despite coming off a rocky postseason with the Royals, Shields could still give any club a durable option at the top of its rotation. Along with his eight straight seasons of working at least 200 innings, Shields went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA this past season in helping the Royals reach the postseason for the first time since 1985.

– Paul Casella

Rafael Furcal’s comeback bid takes a hit

Rafael Furcal’s chances to continue his Major League career have taken a hit. The veteran shortstop has suffered a torn hamstring and will miss the playoffs in the Dominican Winter League, according to a report by ESPN Deportes.

There had been minimal interest in Furcal from Major League clubs this offseason. The Phillies showed some interest after trading Jimmy Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, and MLB Trade Rumors speculated the Royals could be a potential fit.

Furcal, 37, was limited to nine games with the Marlins in 2014 because of a strained hamstring. He missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His last full season was ’12, when he was an All-Star with the Cardinals and played 121 games.

–Austin Laymance

Headley reportedly signing with Yankees

Third baseman Chase Headley has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees, pending a physical, according to multiple industry reports.

Headley was reportedly choosing between the Yanks, Giants, Marlins and Astros this offseason, with New York and San Francisco long considered the two frontrunners. Headley certainly helps fill a need for the Yankees, as utility man Martin Prado is now free to play elsewhere and the club can focus on bringing back Alex Rodriguez as the designated hitter.

It’s been a disappointing offseason thus far for the Giants, meanwhile, as Headley becomes the club’s latest target to ultimately sign elsewhere. The Giants lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this offseason, while marquee starter Jon Lester — the next name on San Francisco’s wish list — chose to sign with the Cubs last week.

– Paul Casella

Headley reportedly nearing decision

Free agent third baseman Chase Headley is on the verge of making his decision, which could come as soon as Monday, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. He was previously expected to reach a decision by the end of last week’s Winter Meetings, though he instead continued to field offers through the weekend.

The Yankees and Giants are believed to be strong favorites for landing Headley, while the Marlins and Astros have also expressed interest. He’s been believed to have a four-year, $65 million offer on the table for some time now, though it’s unclear which team extended that particular offer.

The 30-year-old third baseman posted a .243/.328/.372 batting line with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs over 135 combined games between the Padres and Yankees.

– Paul Casella

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