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Jon Daniels: Rangers not in on James Shields or Max Scherzer

Jon Daniels

Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels responds to a reporters questions during a news conference before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to minor league contract. Ramirez spent three months playing in Taiwan for the Rhinos before leaving the team on June 20. The Rangers made the announcement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Speaking with MLB Network Radio, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the Rangers are not involved in talks with free agent starters James Shields or Max Scherzer, per Jim Bowden on Twitter.

The Rangers, however, were recently linked to Phillies starter Cole Hamels. As Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported, the Phillies’ assumption of part of the lefty’s salary remains a stumbling block. The Rangers have an estimated payroll north of $130 million, close to 2014’s $133 million. The Phillies, in the hunt for catching prospects, would likely require Jorge Alfaro to be included in any deal.

The Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Marlins have been linked to Shields recently but all are certainly hoping Shields’ demands drop down from five years and close to $100 million. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported earlier that Shields’ agent had been in “recent” contact with the Tigers.

Scherzer has drawn interest from the Tigers and Cardinals as of late.

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