DETROIT -- The last of the major free-agent starting pitchers dropped off the market Monday, when James Shieldsreached an agreement with the Padres. The last of the Tigers' pitching speculation, in turn, ended without fanfare.
If there were any doubt that Detroit will head into the season with its current rotation, Shields' deal pretty much finishes it.
With Shields no longer a free agent, Dombrowski told MLB.com in an email Monday morning, "We never had any negotiations with him."
The Tigers are expected to turn their focus internally toward Price, who's eligible for free agency at season's end. Though Price appears likely to test the open market, Detroit is expected to at least explore the possibility of a long-term deal.