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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 16 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the "feeling among a few executives" is that the Padres won't look to move James Shields until the trade deadline.
Shields allowed a league-leading 33 home runs last season. That stat is especially alarming because 16 of his 33 starts came at the famously pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Shields will need to put together a strong first half to rebuild his trade value. The right-hander is entering the second year of a four-year contract. Feb 13 - 4:17 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Padres "continue to try to push James Shields in the trade market."

Shields posted an underwhelming 3.91 ERA (93 ERA+) for San Diego in 2015 -- the first year of a four-year, $75 million free agent deal. The soon-to-be 34-year-old is due $63 million over the next three seasons and has been in decline from his former ace-like status since 2012. It might be tough for the Friars to find a decent return package in such a loaded free agent class for starting pitchers.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:48:00 AM

James Shields will not make his final regular season start on Sunday.

With nothing left to play for, the Padres will give their ace an early offseason after hurling 202 1/3 innings in his first season with the club. Manager Pat Murphy will make that final game a bullpen day, selecting one of his relievers to get the start.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:26:00 PM

James Shields couldn't keep the ball in the park in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering three homers and four total runs across 6 1/3 innings.

Shields did strike out eight, but three of the five hits he allowed refused to stay in the park and the homer-happiness led to his demise. David Peralta burned him for a solo home run in the fourth inning. Ender Inciarte accounted for the rest of the carnage, socking a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run bomb in the seventh. The artist formerly known as Big Game James has been more akin to Decent Game James this season. He holds a 3.91 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 216/81 K/BB ratio over 202 1/3 innings. Before fading into the autumn off-season dusk, Shields will hit the road to face the Dodgers in his final start.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 07:43:00 PM

James Shields racked up eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings as he defeated the Rockies to earn his 13th victory of the season.

Shields surrendered four runs on four walks and a pair of hits on the afternoon. He has had a respectable season atop the Padres rotation, registering a 3.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 208/77 K/BB ratio over 196 innings. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks his next time out at home on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 08:00:00 PM

James Shields picked up his 12th win with seven innings of one-run ball versus the Diamondbacks on Monday.

The Padres staked Shields to a 5-0 lead before he even took the mound, so it was a stress-free night. He scattered four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the effort. The right-hander now holds a 3.80 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 200/73 K/BB ratio over 189 1/3 innings. Shields will match up with the Rockies at Coors Field next.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 01:25:00 AM

James Shields couldn't quite manage a quality start in Wednesday's win over the Rockies, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings.

Shields allowed a pair of RBI singles in the first inning for two runs, then coughed up a two-run homer to Dustin Garneau in the fourth. For the evening, he struck out six and walked four. The veteran right-hander now holds a 3.90 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. The Diamondbacks will be kind enough to host him in his next start.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 12:31:00 AM

James Shields was effective in Sunday's win versus the Phillies, firing seven innings of one-run ball.

Shields allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The only run came on a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander picked up his 10th win with the effort, and now has a 3.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 184/61 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. Shields will host the Dodgers in his next start.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 04:54:00 PM

James Shields was handed the loss on Tuesday after serving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Nationals.

Shields allowed a two-run home run to Wilson Ramos in the second inning, then RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings. In the sixth, he allowed a two-out single before departing, and that runner would later score on a grand slam. Overall, the right-hander gave up eight hits and four walks while striking out two. If the season ended today, Shields' 3.89 ERA would be his highest since 2010 when he was with the Rays. He'll try to rebound in Philadelphia against the Phillies next.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:35:00 PM

James Shields picked up the win on Tuesday, hurling six shutout innings in Tuesday's 9-0 trampling of the Braves.

Shields scattered five hits and two walks, striking out seven in the effort. He threw only 95 pitches, but wasn't allowed to take the mound in the seventh. The right-hander has been solid in seven second-half starts, posting an even 3.00 ERA. Overall, Shields owns a 3.74 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 174/56 K/BB ratio over 158 2/3 innings. He'll face the Nationals in a road start next week.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 01:32:00 AM

James Shields surrendered five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.

Shields put the Friars in a hole right away in the top of the first inning, allowing a Joey Votto RBI single and a two-run Jay Bruce triple. The right-hander then balked in a run in the top of the third inning and he was charged with his fifth run in the top of the seventh when Todd Frazier hit a sacrifice fly off Shawn Kelley. Shields now owns a 3.89 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25 starts with San Diego.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 06:47:00 PM

James Shields gave up three runs -- all coming on solo homers -- over 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Phillies.

Despite pitching in the NL and in Petco Park, Shields has given up more homers (24) in 146 1/3 innings this year than he did in 227 innings last year (23) or in 228 2/3 innings in 2013 (20). His strikeout rate is as strong as it's ever been, and he's not giving up a ton of hits, even with the poor outfield behind him. However, the homers have doomed him to mediocrity this season.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 02:46:00 AM

James Shields pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields struck out four and walked two in the contest. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when he allowed an RBI double to Miguel Rojas and a sacrifice fly to Derek Dietrich. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.74 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 152/49 K/BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a home outing against the Phillies.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 04:27:00 PM

James Shields allowed three runs in seven innings, taking a loss on Tuesday versus the Mets.

Shields allowed a two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the first inning, then got his act together and kept the Mets scoreless the rest of the way. He took the mound to begin the eighth, but allowed a leadoff double to Juan Lagares before being lifted. Shawn Kelly then allowed a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson. Shields yielded seven hits overall, walked none, and struck out four. A candidate to be moved by the July 31 trade deadline, the right-hander has a 3.77 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 148/47 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Marlins in Miami next.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 09:41:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe James Shields would go unclaimed on waivers in August.

The reason being is that Shields still three years and $65 million on his contract. While the veteran right-hander could be traded by Friday's trade deadline, a deal could still happen in August.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 10:52:00 AM

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SS1Alexei Ramirez
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