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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

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

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James Shields served up three home runs against the Rockies on Sunday and still wound up with a victory despite allowing five runs on nine hits over his 5 1/3 innings.
Shields punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. Charlie Blackmon got him for a solo homer in the first inning and Nolan Arenado would add a pair of long balls before his day was through. Even with the rough outing, "Big Game" James has acclimated himself nicely to the Padres, registering a 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks next in Arizona on Friday. May 3 - 7:43 PM

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James Shields got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 9-4 to the Astros on Monday.

Shields was terrific, finishing the night with 12 strikeouts. The Padres scored their first run against him in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie smacked a solo home run. They scored two more in the fifth, helped in part by a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista. Shields limited the Astros to just six hits and a walk. He's sitting with a productive 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Shields will go for his third win of the season in a home start against the Rockies next.
Apr 28 - 1:55 AM

James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings to pick up a win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

Shields ruined Kris Bryant Day by striking out the wunderkind swinging all three times they faced. He punched out a total of nine on the day, giving up five hits while walking a pair. Shields and Padres were down 4-2 when the righty was pinch-hit for, but Wil Myers saved the day with a three-run blast. The right-hander will carry a 2.84 ERA into a tough matchup in Colorado next week.
Apr 17 - 5:46 PM

James Shields held the Giants to one run and three hits over seven innings in winning Saturday.

Shields struck out seven in his first win as a member of the Padres. The only damage against him was, surprisingly enough, a Joaquin Arias homer. He'll carry a 2.08 ERA into his start against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.
Apr 12 - 2:49 AM

James Shields took a no-decision on Opening Day, yielding two runs in six innings as the Padres lost 6-3 to the Dodgers.

Both runs came in the fourth inning on an Adrian Gonzalez solo home run and a Carl Crawford RBI double. Shields allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out eight in total on the afternoon. The right-hander will get the Giants at home when he takes the mound next.
Apr 6 - 8:08 PM

James Shields twirled a trio of scoreless innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday against the White Sox.

Shields looked regular season-ready, yielding only three hits without issuing a walk and striking out two. In Cactus League play, Shields allowed six earned runs in 19 1/3 innings with a 23/5 K/BB ratio. He now has the unenviable task of facing Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 6:43 PM

Padres manager Bud Black officially named James Shields as the team's Opening Day starter.

The move doesn't come as a major surprise, as the 33-year-old hurler was signed this winter to be the ace of the Padres staff. His fantasy value continues to rise as he's pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park.
Mar 28 - 12:42 PM

James Shields had a rough outing against the Rockies on Friday, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over his 4 1/3 innings.

Big Game James punched out five on the evening and walked one. It was the roughest start of the spring for the 33-year-old hurler, who still sports a respectable 3.31 ERA and outstanding 21/5 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings. With his move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, he has been a very popular commodity on fantasy draft boards this spring.
Mar 28 - 1:36 AM

James Shields held the Cubs hitless -- and scoreless -- over five innings on Sunday.

It was a pitcher's duel, as Jason Hammel matched Shields blow-for-blow. Shields walked two and struck out six in the effort, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25. The right-hander has a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 12 innings so far, looking quite ready to start the regular season with his new club.
Mar 22 - 7:20 PM

James Shields was hit hard in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Brewers, surrendering four runs (three earned) on three hits and a pair of walks over three innings of work.

On the plus side, he was able to rack up five strikeouts on the afternoon. While he danced into and out of trouble, most of the actual damage against him came on one mighty swing off the bat of Carlos Gomez. Even with the rough start, the veteran right-hander boasts a 3.86 ERA in the spring and could be in store for a terrific season with the move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park.
Mar 17 - 11:08 PM

James Shields recorded five strikeouts over three perfect innings in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

It doesn't get much sharper than that. The Padres' new right-hander has now tossed four perfect frames to kick off his Cactus League year. Shields should be a nice workhorse atop the San Diego rotation in 2015.
Mar 12 - 11:58 PM

James Shields blanked the Giants in his only inning of work Saturday, his Cactus League debut.

The Padres' new starter was solid, inducing a pair of ground outs. Shields is about as dependable as they come, having logged 200-plus innings in eight consecutive seasons. He has a 3.17 ERA since the start of the 2011 season. He'll pair nicely with Andrew Cashner at the top of the rotation in San Diego.
Mar 7 - 6:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that James Shields can opt out of his contract with the Padres after two years.

It's a nice perk but one Shields is ultimately unlikely to use. He'll make just $31 million in the first two years of the deal, so he'd be forfeiting a total of $44 million over the next two years if you include the buyout of his 2019 option. It's hard to see Shields getting a new deal worth that much given that he'll be 35 at that point.
Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

Padres signed RHP James Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract with a club option for 2019.

The deal was reported early Monday morning and it's now official. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract information, which includes the $16 million club option. Shields originally hoped to land a free agent deal worth in excess of $100 million, but the end result isn't all that bad. He'll get to pitch close to home while making half of his starts in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the game. Shields has a very good chance of being a top-25 starter in mixed fantasy leagues in 2015. There's reason for excitement in San Diego.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

James Shields' new four-year contract with the Padres carries $75 million guaranteed.

That includes the buyout on the $16 million club option for 2019. Shields opened the offseason with an asking price in the five-year, $125 million range, but it became clear over time that no team was going to make that kind of commitment to the 33-year-old right-hander. He still did pretty well for himself and is poised to put up excellent numbers in his first taste of the National League. San Diego's Petco Park has remained very kind to pitchers through recent renovations of the outfield walls.
Feb 9 - 10:57 AM

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