The Boston Red Sox have already retooled this starting rotation this offseason, but veteran righty James Shields remains out there in the free-agent pool if the Boston Red Sox are willing to pony up the cash.
ESPN insider Jim Bowden handicapped the top contenders to land Shieds in a recent article, listing the Red Sox in second place with 5-to-1 odds. The San Francisco Giants lead Bowman's list with 3-to-1 odds, but don’t have as much money to invest in Shileds as the Red Sox do, especially after re-signing both Sergio Romo and Jake Peavy.
Add in the debacle that was the Barry Zito contract, and the Giants appear to be hesitant to throw major money at a veteran starter.
The Red Sox may not need Shields to contend in 2015. However, they appear to have as good a shot as any to secure his services regardless, adding a potent top-of-the-line ace to an already-rebuilt starting rotation.
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