Marlins are in the hunt for James Shields

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ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Marlins are in the hunt for free agent starter James Shields. He also writes that the Marlins are hopeful that Dan Haren changes his mind about wanting to pitch only on the West coast, and shows up to spring training for the Fish.

Shields will likely have to wait until Max Scherzer signs before his market develops, though a handful of teams have been linked to him so far this off-season. The Red Sox, Giants, and Yankees have had interest at one point or another.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.