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The Giants' pursuit of free agent starting pitcher James Shields is reportedly over.
According to ESPN analyst and SiriusXM radio host Jim Bowden, the Giants "are out on Shields."
Additionally, the former general manager is reporting that the Giants were "never in" on the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer.
Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 3, 2015
The Giants' projected starting rotation is Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Tim Lincecum.
While the Giants may not be adding either of the free agent starting pitchers, Bowden reports that the Giants are still trying to work out a deal for Rays infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist.
In a December 20th conference call with reporters, general manager Brian Sabean addressed the possibility of adding Shields or Scherzer.
On James Shields:
"We have specifically talked to Shields."
On Max Scherzer:
"We have not talked to Scherzer, nor do I see any possibility that we will. We are not engaged with Scherzer nor do we plan to be engaged with Scherzer."