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.