Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Friday that the team is discussing internally whether to pursue free-agent pitchers Max Scherzer or James Shields.
It would be interesting to see the Diamonbacks go after either Shields or Scherzer, but given the make-up of their team, it's difficult to imagine them opening the vaults for a starter of that caliber and still have as many holes as they do. The could, of course, win with a competitive bid and then trade whomever they get, but that's a little too risky a play. The Diamondbacks have some nice parts, but they are far more thsan just an elite starter away from being a competitive contender.
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