Blue Jays have renewed interest in James Shields

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The Blue Jays are one of several teams with renewed interest in free agent starter James Shields, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It is believed Shields will have to settle for a four-year deal in the $70-80 million range, according to Rosenthal. That’s down from a reported offer of five years and close to $110 million he received recently.

Rosenthal adds that the Diamondbacks and Tigers are in the mix as well. The Tigers have been in contact with Shields’ agent, Page Odle.

Shields, 33, is a veteran of nine seasons with a career 3.72 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 1,910 1/3 innings. Known affectionately as “Big Game James”, Shields has a 5.46 ERA in 59 1/3 post-season innings.