Although it’s been a relatively quiet process and taken longer than most expected, only one of the three elite starting pitchers remains a free agent — James Shields. Jon Lester was the first to come off the market by agreeing to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Over one month later, Max Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals. However, half of the money in Scherzer’s deal is deferred, which means the Nationals will pay the right-hander $15 million over 14 years.
Of the group, Shields is the oldest at 33 years old and is expected to land a contract a notch below the mega-deals Lester and Scherzer received. It was believed by some Shields had a five-year, $110 million offer in hand, and he’s now projected to receive a contract in the neighborhood of $80 million over four or five years.
Throughout the offseason it doesn’t appear as though the Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten serious in their pursuit of Lester, Scherzer or Shields. However, there have been reports of their varying interest in the starters and general manager Farhan Zaidi recently left open the possibility they would spend to sign one of the pitchers.
It should be noted Zaidi’s comments came prior to Scherzer signing his deal with the Nationals. With Shields the last of the three available, should the Dodgers sign him? Our staff gave their take.
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