One week after it was reported that the Tigers “have to have” free agent right-hander Max Scherzer, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi wrote yesterday that James Shields’ agent, Page Odle, has been in “recent” contact with Detroit. It’s unclear if this was simply Odle trying to present Shields as a cheaper alternative than Scherzer or if the interest is mutual, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has since downplayed the report:
Dombrowski has done a heck of a job pretending that he’s not interested in starting pitching this winter. And after filling out his rotation with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon, he can say that without looking completely crazy. However, there’s too much chatter here to suggest that he actually believes it.