Giants reportedly out on James Shields and Max Scherzer

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The Giants are out on free agent pitchers James Shields and Max Scherzer but are trying to work out a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports. The Giants were never truly in on Scherzer.

The Rays signed Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday, increasing their flexibility to trade Zobrist. The Giants were reportedly interested in Zobrist as recently as last week.

Zobrist, 33, can become a free agent after the season, so the Rays may attempt to recoup some value from him before he leaves as they retool under their new front office. Zobrist would help the Giants’ versatility, particularly after receiving the bad news about Marco Scutaro’s back.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.