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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #25

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 16 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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James Shields was charged with three runs in five-plus innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
Shields allowed just one run through five, but then he walked David Ortiz and Ryan LaMarre to start the sixth and was pulled. Matt Albers came on and allowed both inherited runners to score. Even so, it was easily Shields' best outing since his return to the American League. His velocity was very good today, but he traded some control to get there. All in all, it still wasn't particularly encouraging. Jun 23 - 6:07 PM

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James Shields was battered for a fourth consecutive start Saturday, allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Indians before exiting.

On May 25, Shields owned a 3.06 ERA. Since then, he's allowed 31 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings, including 21 runs in three starts since joining the White Sox. That 21.81 ERA is certainly not what they thought they were signing up for, and while the 34-year-old isn't what he once was, it's inconceivable that he's this bad. And as the saying goes, there's no rest for the weary, as Shields now draws the task of holding down the Red Sox offense when the two sides meet Thursday.
Jun 18 - 11:52 PM

James Shields was awful again Monday, getting lit up for seven runs -- six earned -- over five frames but escaping with a no-decision in a 10-9 extra-innings win over the Tigers.

Gross. Shields allowed five of the first six batters of the game to reach base and had already allowed three runs by that time. The Tigers got to him for three more runs in the second and added another tally in the third. Shields has given up 14 runs -- 13 earned -- over his first seven innings for Chicago. It will surely get better, but he's certainly shown no signs of snapping out of his funk. Shields faces the Indians on the road this weekend.
Jun 14 - 1:14 AM

James Shields' debut with the White Sox was a bust, as he was torched for seven runs in two-plus innings by the Nationals on Wednesday.

The home run ball was a big problem for Shields in Petco Park, and things figured to get even worse for him there in U.S. Cellular. That's what happened tonight, as he gave up three bombs in his two-plus innings of work. Shields should end up being a decent fourth starter for the White Sox, but his mixed-league fantasy value is long gone.
Jun 9 - 12:09 AM

James Shields will make his White Sox' debut on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Acquired from the Padres on Saturday, Shields will be pitching on seven days' rest. He'll face off against Max Scherzer.
Jun 5 - 11:26 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres are sending more than $30 million to the White Sox as part of the James Shields trade.

It was well-known that the Padres were going to have to eat a large part of the $56 million remaining on the right-hander's contract, and now it looks as though it'll be more than half the total amount. Shields isn't expected to report to his new club until Tuesday.
Jun 4 - 5:18 PM

White Sox acquired RHP James Shields from the Padres for RHP Erik Johnson and INF Fernando Tatis Jr.

What remains unclear is how much money the Padres will be eating of the $56 million still owed to Shields. The 34-year-old right-hander is just 2-7 with a 4.28 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 57/27 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings in 11 starts with the Padres this season. He'll be leaving the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park for the bandbox that is U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. His already dim fantasy value certainly takes a hit with the move.
Jun 4 - 4:52 PM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Padres and White Sox have agreed in principal to a trade for James Shields.

The two clubs still have some details to iron out before it becomes official, but it sounds as though the veteran right-hander will be moving to the south side of Chicago. The Padres are believed to be targeting Fernando Tatis Jr. in the deal, though it has yet to be confirmed whether or not he is involved. To land such a prospect, the Padres will have to eat a good portion of the $56 million remaining on Shields' contract.
Jun 4 - 3:41 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send James Shields to the White Sox.

Lin expects the deal to be finalized before Shields' scheduled start Sunday against the Rockies. The Padres are reportedly targeting SS prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed a $700,000 free agent deal with the White Sox last summer. Padres chairman Ron Fowler ripped the team in a radio interview this week and is looking to shake up the roster. Shields could be the first casualty. So far Shields hasn't lived up to his four-year, $75 million contract. In 11 starts this year, he's 2-7 with a bloated 4.28 ERA. The Padres are expected to eat about half of Shields' remaining salary, which amounts to about $28 million.
Jun 4 - 2:52 PM

James Shields was pounded for 10 earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday by the Mariners.

That might quiet some of the trade talk that had been building around Shields over the last week. He entered the start with a shiny 3.06 season ERA but watched it balloon to 4.28 by his exit in the bottom of the third. Shields walked four and gave up eight hits, including homers to Kyle Seager and Seth Smith. He'll try to get back on track next time out in a home start against the Rockies.
May 31 - 8:07 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres "are fielding calls from a lot of teams" on James Shields but "nothing appears imminent" regarding a trade.

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday that the Padres were discussing a Shields trade with the White Sox and there was "significant momentum" in getting something done. While Heyman appears to be pumping the brakes a bit, it does look like something is cooking with the veteran right-hander. Shields has posted a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings this season. He's in the second season of a four-year, $75 million contract and the Padres would likely have to eat some of that money in order to move him.
May 29 - 1:20 PM

The White Sox and Padres are reportedly engaged in trade talks surrounding James Shields.

According to sources, these talks have "energy" and could lead to the right-hander moving to the Midwest to help the White Sox's starting rotation. Shields knows the AL Central well, pitching for the Royals in 2013 and 2014, but has seen his stuff decline the past two years. His 3.06 ERA is likely attractive to the White Sox; however, his velocity is down and his 3.88 FIP suggests he's more of a mid-rotation starter than an impact arm at this point in his career.
May 28 - 6:24 PM

James Shields pitched respectably in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. RBI singles by Kelby Tomlinson and Matt Duffy in the second and sixth innings, respectively, accounted for the scoring on the veteran right-hander's line. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio (64 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Mariners.
May 25 - 7:09 PM

James Shields fell to 2-6 in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Shields has pitched better than that dismal 2-6 record. On Thursday, the Giants knocked him for solitary runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Alas, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was just a touch better. For the season, the artist formerly known as Big Game James holds a 3.07 ERA, 1.33 ERA and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings (nine starts). There is no shame in owning him in most formats. He will have another crack at the Giants next time he toes the rubber.
May 20 - 12:23 AM

James Shields struck out nine over seven scoreless innings as the Padres shut out the Brewers 3-0 on Thursday.

Shields hasn't inspired a ton of confidence among fantasy owners this year, but reports of his death appear to be greatly exaggerated. The right-hander scattered seven hits and a walk in his seven innings, and his nine punchouts were a season high. The win was just his second of the season but improved his ERA to 3.12 through eight starts. He'll attempt to keep rolling Wednesday against the Giants.
May 13 - 12:34 AM

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