The Diamondbacks have been linked to free agent right-hander James Shields in recent weeks. In fact, Arizona GM Dave Stewart was talking about Shields when he said his “true baseball team” nonsense. However, they aren’t going to sign him.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Stewart told reporters today that the D-Backs are no longer pursuing Shields. He said the market for him has changed since Max Scherzer signed his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals this week. In other words, he’s now out of their price range.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported over the weekend that Shields hopes to land a five-year contract in the range of $125 million. There’s nothing to indicate that he has received an offer close to that, but he’s the best player remaining on the free agent market. We heard earlier today that the Padres have looked into the possibility, but there’s still no frontrunner for his services.