Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent starter James Shields has a five-year, $110 million offer on the table from an unknown team, based on word from two baseball executives. Shields is apparently looking for an even higher offer.
Rosenthal also ran down a number of teams who might have interest in Shields, but lists reasons why they’ve cooled off. Among those still remaining, the Yankees, Tigers, and Angels would make the most sense if they are willing to forfeit a draft pick for the privilege of signing the right-hander.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.
Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.
Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.