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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that James Shields' contract demands are expected to be around five years and $110 million.
It's the same amount left on Cole Hamels' contract, assuming Hamels' option is picked up, and is a reasonable demand after Jon Lester landed a $155 million deal from the Cubs. Cafardo says that the Giants and Red Sox are "in the picture" for Shields, while the Yankees "may be another suitor." Shields, who just turned 33, holds a 3.64 ERA over his eight full seasons and has made at least 31 starts every year during that stretch. Dec 21 - 11:21 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal.
Dec 17 - 2:15 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the Giants and Red Sox met with James Shields on Wednesday.

Shields' market has begun to pick up in the wake of the Jon Lester signing. The free agent met with the Rangers over the weekend, and now two more suitors have emerged. The 32-year-old is also believed to be a fit on the Dodgers if they're able to move Matt Kemp in the coming days.
Dec 10 - 8:16 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Rangers met with James Shields last weekend.

Cotillo says the Rangers are "expected to be serious contenders to sign the right-hander." Shields' market should begin to develop in haste now that Jon Lester has settled with the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million free agent contract. The 32-year-old Shields will likely be seeking a deal worth more than $100 million.
Dec 10 - 5:34 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels could make a run at James Shields or Max Scherzer if they're able to trade C.J. Wilson.

Heyman says Wilson has "seemed to lose favor from some quarters of the organization," which could lead to him being dealt and the Halos then signing a rotation upgrade. Scherzer is undoubtedly going to be more expensive, though there's a good chance Shields could also require a contract in excess of $100 million.
Dec 7 - 12:06 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Dodgers have expressed interest in James Shields.

In lieu of a trade for Cole Hamels, the Dodgers have turned their attention to the frontline pitchers available on the free agent market, Rosenthal said. Unlike fellow free agent Jon Lester, Shields has a draft-pick compensation cost tied to him, a possible deterrent to the Dodgers' new president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman. The 32-year-old has also drawn interest from the Marlins and Diamondbacks, among others, this winter.
Dec 3 - 9:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Marlins are interested in free agent James Shields.

The Marlins performed well enough this past season that they would be required to sacrifice their no. 12 overall pick in next June's draft to sign Shields. Rosenthal notes the link between the two, as Marlins general manager Dan Jennings drafted Shields while with the Rays in 2000. The Diamondbacks were also recently rumored to have interest in the 32-year-old.
Nov 18 - 7:38 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in James Shields.

The D'Backs tried to trade for Shields when he was with the Rays and apparently are still enamored with him. However, Rosenthal notes that they might have to clear some payroll first in order to sign the veteran right-hander. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has noted that Arizona's payroll will be in the $80-110 million range, and they're already at around $90 million when you factor in projected raises in arbitration. Shields has a shot to get a $100 million contract.
Nov 18 - 1:50 PM

James Shields has rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals.

It was a formality, as Shields is in line for a big payday as a free agent. The durable right-hander is a notch below marquee free agent starters Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, but he still has a shot to get a $100 million contract.
Nov 10 - 6:08 PM

Royals extended a qualifying offer to RHP James Shields.

He will decline the $15.3 million offer and seek a big multi-year pact in free agency. The Royals are expected to do their best to re-sign Shields, but ultimately he'll almost surely be out of their price range.
Nov 3 - 11:35 AM

James Shields delivered a strong start against the Giants in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory for the Royals.

Big Game James finally lived up to his moniker, surrendering just two runs on eight hits over his six frames while walking one and striking out four. Unfortunately for him and the Royals, Madison Bumgarner was simply better on the other side of the diamond. The Royals will now turn to Yordano Ventura in Game 6 as they look to extend their magical postseason run.
Oct 26 - 11:18 PM

James Shields said Friday that he made some mechanical adjustments during Friday's bullpen session and is confident that he will be much better in Game 5 of the World Series.

Shields was bounced from Game 1 against the Giants before he recorded an out in the fourth inning and had looked extremely hittable this entire postseason as he sports an 8.05 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over his four starts spanning 17 innings.
Oct 24 - 8:01 PM

James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5.
Oct 21 - 11:55 PM

James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Oct 20 - 6:41 PM

Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests.
Oct 18 - 3:06 PM

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