It appears the Marlins are going to lose out on James Shields despite making a strong effort to sign the free agent starter. Now the club’s focus looks to be shifting to a different type of late-offseason addition.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Fish “have touched base” with Scott Boras, the agent for veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod remains available here in February despite posting a cool 3.04 ERA, 0.985 WHIP, and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings last season as the Brewers’ closer. He tallied 44 saves in 49 opportunities and led the majors in games finished with 66.
Milwaukee has maintained interest in re-signing Rodriguez, but the two sides haven’t been able to work out a deal yet. He’d probably close again if he does wind up returning to the Brewers.
In Miami, he’d presumably work as a setup man in front of Steve Cishek.
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.