The Marlins are one of a handful of teams still interested in signing free agent pitcher James Shields.
Shields, 33, has been seeking a five-year deal worth $125 million but thus far has found no takers. Many within baseball believe that the right hander who sent the 2014 season with the Royals will have to settle for a four-year deal somewhere in the $70-80 million range.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rostenthal the Marlins interest in driven by the front office who believes adding Shields would further strengthen their rotation for the upcoming season. However, owner Jeffery Loria needs some convincing.
Shields had a disastrous postseason after going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP though 34 starts in the regular season.
Wherever Shields lands his salary will be far behind the seven-year deal worth $210 million that was given to Max Scherzer by the Washington Nationals.