Business might soon pick up with regards to James Shields.
The Miami Marlins are interested in Shields, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday, citing sources. Rosenthal also wrote Tuesday that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in the free-agent right-hander.
The Marlins would have to relinquish their first-round pick (No. 12 overall) to sign Shields since the Kansas City Royals extended him a qualifying offer at the beginning of free agency. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings is familiar with Shields, though. He served as the Rays’ scouting director when Tampa Bay drafted Shields in 2000.
The Diamondbacks tried to trade for Shields and Wade Davis two years ago in a three-way deal that would have sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Texas Rangers and prospects to the Rays, according to Rosenthal. The trade never came to fruition and Shields landed in Kansas City. Upton ended up with the Atlanta Braves.
While Kevin Towers — the man who pursued Shields — no longer is the general manager in Arizona, the Diamondbacks still need a front-line starter. Major league sources told Rosenthal the D-Backs like Shields, though they’ll probably need to clear payroll to make an aggressive push for the nine-year veteran.
Shields, who turns 33 next month, went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts this season. He has made at least 31 starts and has pitched at least 200 innings each of the last eight seasons.
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