Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart is still pursuing veteran free-agent righty James Shields, despite the impending signing of Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez and a tight budget for the club.
Per Nick Piecoro of azcentral sports, "Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to "work on groundwork." Shields' market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign."
That teams doesn't appear to be the Diamondbacks, as Stewart indicates that Shields is enamored with Arizona is currently doing as an organization.
"I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches," Stewart said. "I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things."
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