Miami has been linked to James Shields on numerous occasions this offseason. Shields is likely waiting for the best offer, and according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins remain a good fit for James Shields.
#Marlins still good fit for Shields. GM Jennings drafted Shields for #Rays. Pitching coach Hernandez was with TB when Shields was in minors.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2015
Shields also fits #Marlins’ need for veteran starter; Latos potential FA, Haren possible trade. But will ownership keep spending? Unclear.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2015
Shields, 33, had a solid 2014 campaign with the Royals, posting a 3.21 ERA and 3.59 FIP in 227.0 innings pitched. He has also been a durable option, tossing at least 200 innings each of the last eight seasons. He would likely be a quality addition to the front of any team's rotation, and the Marlins are indeed seeking an innings eater until Jose Fernandez returns next June or July. But Dan Haren could be that arm.
Although nothing will be official until Haren reports to spring training at the end of February, Haren appears to want to pitch at some point in 2015. He reportedly would still welcome a trade to a West Coast team, but will likely pitch for the Marlins if a deal is not complete. Haren is the veteran presence the rotation will likely require, but adding Shields would put the Marlins in a better position at the back end of their pitching staff.
Haren, Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart, Mat Latos, Tom Koehler, Brad Hand, and David Phelps will all see time as starters this spring. But if Shields is added, Miami will have notable depth with regard to its rotation.
Shields reportedly has a five-year, $110 million offer from an unknown team. That team may not be the Marlins, as they likely would not want to invest that much in Shields moving forward. But while he is seeking a $100 milllion deal, if the Marlins make a competitive offer, Miami might become attractive.
The Marlins would benefit from signing Shields, who also has playoff experience. Latos may not resign, and Haren could still be traded. The front office has worked to improve the roster this offseason and has been efficient. Adding Shields would likely assist the Marlins both short and long term, but his financial expectations might make it unrealistic.