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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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 will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.
An easy decision for Shields, who is owed $21 million each of the next two seasons with a $16 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019. The veteran right-hander posted brutal 6-19 record, 5.85 ERA, and 1.60 WHIP across 33 starts in 2016 while earning $21 million -- $16 million of it paid by the Padres. San Diego is still on the hook for another $22 million of the $44 million Shields is still owed. Shields will turn 35 years old in December. Thu, Oct 27, 2016 01:39:00 PM

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James Shields allowed five runs, including two home runs, over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Getting shelled by a team that got shelled by pretty much everyone else was a fitting way to end a disastrous 2016 campaign for Shields. The right-hander finishes the year 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 33 starts, easily the worst numbers of his career. The 34-year-old is signed through 2018, so while he'll be pitching somewhere next year, it's worth wondering what that will look like.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:34:00 PM

James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter!
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:05:00 AM

James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:08:00 AM

James Shields held the Indians to one run in six innings and struck out eight in a no-decision Thursday.

Shields has had three quality starts in four tries since his most recent run of horrible pitching ended, but he still has a 6.94 ERA in 19 starts for the White Sox. His next start will come Tuesday against the Phillies.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 05:31:00 PM

James Shields logged a quality start against the Royals on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision.

Big Game James struck out five and walked four on the night. He struggled to keep the ball in the yard, as Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and Alex Gordon added a solo shot in the fourth. The veteran right-hander sits at 5-17 on the season with a horrifying 6.01 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. He should be completely avoided for fantasy purposes when he takes on the Indians at home on Thursday, that is of course unless you plan on stacking against him in daily leagues.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 01:13:00 AM

An MRI taken Tuesday on James Shields' back showed no major structural damage.

There was talk of an early shutdown coming for Shields, who's been struggling mightily for the last month and tweaked his back Saturday in a loss to the Twins, but it sounds like he now might take his next turn. That would be this Saturday against the Royals. Shields has a 6.07 ERA in 28 total starts this year between the Padres and White Sox.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 05:22:00 PM

The White Sox are considering shutting down James Shields.

Shields tweaked his back during his most recent start on Saturday and has really struggled over the past month, so there's no reason to push him at this point in the season. The veteran right-hander has posted a career-worst 6.07 ERA with 26 home runs allowed through 28 starts this season between the Padres and White Sox. He's owed $45 million over the next two years, though the Padres are picking up about half the tab.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 05:49:00 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said James Shields "tweaked" his back in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Saturday's start was a disaster from start to finish for Shields and now we have a better idea why. Ventura claims that Shields is "fine," so perhaps he won't miss any time. The White Sox aren't in the playoff race, so there's no reason to push Shields and risk further injury if he's feeling less than 100 percent. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against Kansas City.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:15:00 PM

James Shields got smacked around for five runs in only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

He struggled to throw strikes -- walking four batters. And when he did throw it over the plate the Twins hit it hard. He gave up five hits, three of which were home runs to Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. He has already given up 35 home runs this year, which ties him with Josh Tomlin for the most in the majors. The entire season has been a disaster for Shields, whose ERA now sits at a frightful 6.07 after 28 starts.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 10:54:00 PM

James Shields limited the Tigers to two runs over six innings of work but took a no-decision on Monday.

Shields surrendered a solo shot to Justin Upton that tied the game in the sixth, but he was in line for a victory after the White Sox re-took the lead in the seventh. However, Nate Jones then served up a go-ahead homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. It's been an up-and-down journey for Shields in Chicago, to say the least, but hopefully he can put up a second straight quality start this weekend in Minnesota.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:15:00 PM

James Shields gave up four runs in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Phillies.

A mediocre start? But James Shields doesn't have mediocre starts. This is the first time he's allowed either three or four runs since June 23 and just the second time since the trade to the White Sox. In his other 13 outings, he allowed two runs or fewer six times (all in a row) and six runs or more on seven occasions.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 11:31:00 PM

James Shields was hammered for seven runs (six earned) over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Athletics on Friday.

You’ll be shocked to learn that the home run ball hurt Shields once again. He gave up three more of them on Friday. That brings his total up to nine in nine innings of work over his last three starts. He has allowed 29 on the year, which ties him with Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin for the MLB lead.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 11:05:00 PM

James Shields was homer-happy once again Saturday, allowing 10 hits -- including two home runs -- and seven runs over three innings against the Marlins.

The White Sox staked Shields to a four-run lead, but he wasted little time giving it back with a Giancarlo Stanton solo homer and a three-run shot by Martin Prado. The start followed an abbreviated 1 1/3-inning start against the Orioles his last time out, and Shields now owns a 5.78 ERA and 1.60 WHIP -- with 26 home runs allowed in 24 starts -- overall. It will be tough for Shields to get shelled by the light-hitting Athletics on Friday, but we'd bet he's up to the challenge.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 10:51:00 PM

James Shields yielded eight runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Orioles.

Hide the children. This is going to be messy. Shields surrendered a two-run home run to Manny Machado in the first, but that was just a sparkler compared to the fireworks show that the O's put on in the second against the artist formerly known as Big Game James. In that frame, he surrendered a solo homer to J.J. Hardy, a three-run homer to Machado (again that guy) and a solo home run to Chris Davis. After a Steven Pearce double with one out in the same inning, Shields was mercifully lifted from the game. Reliever Matt Albers was kind enough to come in and surrender an RBI single to Pedro Alvarez to score Pearce and polish off the scoring on Shields' line. Since being traded over to the White Sox, he has pitched to a 6.68 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 12 starts. He is a better pitcher than that awfulness, but only the mad would trust him for fantasy purposes until he can show some kind of positive consistency. He will try for better times in a road start against the Marlins.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 06:40:00 PM

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