The Miami Marlins may be thinking about adding a big piece to their rotation. James Shields, the best pitcher available on the open market, could be Miami bound if the Marlins come up with an offer good enough to entice the big game pitcher to head to south beach. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, a two-year deal makes sense for the club.
The speculated offer would be for two years and in the $16-18 million dollar range per year. Shields finished last season with a 3.21 ERA in 227.0 innings pitched last season, and also helped the Kansas City Royals reach their first World Series since 1985.
For most of the offseason, Shields was adamant on a five-year deal around the $80-100 million mark. As spring training approaches, a deal shorter in tenure may make sense for the 33-year-old. The opportunity to pitch around young studs like Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez could help Shields mentor the staff, and also get better in a new environment.
The potential signing of Shields would also add yet another big arm to the National League East, and would certainly help the Marlins compete for a Wild Card spot.
If this is something Shields is considering, however, other teams would undoubtedly be in the mix. Teams like the Boston Red Sox, whose rotation still has a lot of question marks, would certainly come calling. Miami has a big decision to make and that decision could further change the landscape of the NL East.
The real question becomes, if you’re James Shields, do you settle for a two-year deal as a 33-year old?