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33 James Shields SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 12/20/1981 | Birthplace: Newhall, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/580602.png | Owned/Started%: 96/80 | Average Draft Position: 56.43

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Report: James Shields seeking $110 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Free-agent pitcher James Shields is reportedly seeking a contract worth about $110 million, according to the Boston Globe

That type of deal would be similar to the one signed by Cole Hamels back in 2012. It's believed the 33-year-old Shields could receive a five-year deal. Both the Giants and Red Sox are involved with Shields, and the Yankees have been mentioned as another suitor. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last season. He's exceeded 200 innings pitched in each of the last eight years.


Stewart: Diamondbacks considering pursuing Scherzer, Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Friday that the team is discussing internally whether to pursue free-agent pitchers Max Scherzer or James Shields, the Arizona Republic reorts.

The Diamondbacks were able to free up about $16 million in payroll by dealing pitcher Wade Miley and catcher Miguel Montero, and it appears that money could be used to target one of the market's top starting pitchers. Scherzer figures to command a deal much larger than Shields.


Rangers' Daniels: James Shields deal 'very unlikely'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels acknowledged Wednesday that the team met with free-agent pitcher James Shields but indicated that it's unlikely the team signs Shields, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

"It's very unlikely," Daniels said. "He's going to do very well, hopefully in [the] NL."

The Rangers are expected to be in on several right-handed pitchers, but it sounds like they were just doing their due diligence by meeting with Shields. He went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with the AL-champion Royals in 2014.


Report: Rangers met with James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Rangers officials have met with pitcher James Shields, according to SB Nation.

Shields reportedly met with the club over the weekend. The 32-year-old posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last season. The Rangers are said to be in on a number of right-handed starters, but Shields would provide the biggest splash. 


Marlins reach out to Adam LaRoche and James Shields


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Hoping to add a top hitter and pitcher to its roster, the Marlins have reached out to first baseman Adam LaRoche and pitcher James Shields, reports MLB Insider Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

While Shields is considered a long shot for the Marlins, reports have indicated LaRoche is a real possibility. The Marlins have reportedly offered him a two-year, $20 million contract. Shields’ asking price of $20 million per year is thought to be too pricey for the Marlins.


Report: Marlins interested in SP James Shields


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Marlins have expressed interest in free agent pitcher James Shields, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday. The move would cost the team their No. 12 pick in this year's draft.

Marlins general manager Dan Jennings has ties with Shields. Jennings drafted Shields in the 16th round of the 2000 amateur draft when he was with Tampa Bay.

In 2014, Shields helped lead the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985 by going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA.


Report: D-Backs eyeing Shields, but payroll flexibility is challenge


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While there hasn't been a lot of chatter about free agent starting pitcher James Shields, one interested team is the Diamondbacks, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The Diamondbacks have a need for a top-of-the-rotation starter, and major-league sources said the Diamondbacks like the veteran pitcher, who is 114-90 with a 3.72 ERA in nine MLB seasons.

The problem for the Diamondbacks will be creating enough payroll flexibility to sign an elite free-agent starting pitcher like Shields.

Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa recently told reporters the team's payroll will range anywhere from $80 million to $110 million. Without considering any free-agent signings, the projected payroll as of now is around $90 million, which includes arbitration-eligible players.

The Diamondbacks tried to trade for Shields and Wade Davis two years ago as part of a three-team trade that would have sent Justin Upton to the Rangers and prospects to the Rays, according to Rosenthal. However, then Arizona general manager Kevin Towers couldn't complete the trade, and the Rays eventually traded Shields and Davis to the Royals.


James Shields says no to Royals' qualifying offer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) As expected, pitcher James Shields turned down a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals by Monday's deadline, according CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

In 2014, Shields helped lead the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985 by going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA. According to Heyman, the Royals have remained realistic about their slim chances of re-signing Shields.


Top arms out of reach for D-Backs, but Kenta Maeda could be option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart has made it clear he would like to improve the team's starting rotation, according to The Arizona Republic. Stewart could begin getting closer to his goal as early as this week at the general manager's meetings.

"I don't know if we get it accomplished this week," Stewart said, "but by the time we start the season I'd really like to try to improve our starting rotation.

"If we can clearly improve our team, then I'm not hesitant to make a trade. I don't know that we will or that we won't. What I know is that there's some clubs out there that we've had some conversations with that includes pitching, pretty good pitching. It's a matter of if we can make it happen or not."

Stewart doesn't think the Diamondbacks can afford to pursue free-agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields. However, Arizona might be in the mix for Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, if the Hiroshima Carp make him available through the posting system.

"I think that he's going to be a great addition to the club that's going to be able to get his services," Stewart said. "We definitely have interest in him."


Royals extend qualifying offer to pitcher James Shields


(11/3/2014) Hoping to prevent pitcher James Shields from becoming a free agent, the Royals extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer.

In 2014, Shields helped lead the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985 by going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA.


Yost: James Shields set to start Game 5 for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Ned Yost has declared strongly that Royals ace James Shields is locked in as the Game 5 starter in the World Series despite the recent struggles of the right-hander.

Shields has yielded 11 earned runs on 23 hits in 14 postseason innings. He bottomed out Tuesday in the World Series opener against San Francisco, getting knocked out after three innings having surrendered five earned runs.


James Shields comes up short in Royals' Game 1 World Series loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was roughed up in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, taking a loss after surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and one walk in three-plus innings while striking out one in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Giants.

Shields (1-1) hadn't been having a great postseason despite the Royals' impressive run of wins, giving up 10 earned runs in 16 innings heading into his Game 1 start. His night turned south immediately Tuesday, as the Giants followed up a one-out, RBI double with a two-run home run to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shields retired seven straight heading into the fourth, where he opened the inning with a double, walk and RBI single to get the hook. The loss, which was the first of the postseason for the Royals, puts the AL pennant winner in a 1-0 hole going into Game 2 Wednesday in Kansas City.


Royals tab Shields, Ventura for World Series Games 1, 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) The Royals will start pitchers James Shields in Game 1 and Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the World Series, Yahoo! Sports reports. The Royals are making their first World Series appearance in 29 years.

Report: Royals don't expect to keep James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Royals don't expect to keep pitcher James Shields once the season ends, according to the New York Daily News

The club is expected to attempt to re-sign Shields, but it's believed another team will outbid them for the pitcher. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings during the regular season. He was a key component behind the Royals playoff push.


Royals' James Shields turns in rough start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields had a rough start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

Shields allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. After tossing two scoreless frames to open the game, Shields allowed his first run in the third. After a base-runner advanced to third on a groundout, Shields gave up an RBI-single to Adam Jones. Things also went south in the fifth. After two straight singles, Nelson Cruz managed to drive in one run on a double. With two men on, Ryan Flaherty drove them both home with a single later in the inning. He would not start the sixth inning. Shields was saddled with the no-decision.


Report: Red Sox could prefer Jon Lester to James Shields


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Red Sox will likely set their sights on potential free agent right-hander James Shields in the offseason. But they could instead attempt to bring Jon Lester back to Beantown, according to the Boston Herald.

The Herald has speculated that the Sox could offer Shields at least $20 million a year in exchange for a shorter contract of no more than four years. But Lester could prove more attractive despite a bit of a higher cost. He is two years younger.

Shields has not earned his "Big Game" nickname with a 4.96 lifetime ERA in postseason action. Lester is 6-4 with a 2.57 ERA in the postseason.


Heyman: Royals to make run at re-signing James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Royals will make a run at re-signing impending free agent pitcher James Shields, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Royals were initially believed to only be interested in retaining Shields if the team made a deep run in the playoffs, but according to the report, the Royals informed Shields' agent around the trading deadline that they would attempt to keep the pitcher on a multiyear deal. Shields and the Royals open the American League Championship Series in Baltimore Friday.


Jon Lester, James Shields to meet Tuesday in Wild Card game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Athletics will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game, with Jon Lester facing James Shields in the single-elimination game.

Lester (16-11) has delivered 19 straight quality starts, with 11 coming since his trade to Oakland, and he delivered a 2.18 ERA and 86:19 K:BB ratio in 90 2/3 innings after the All-Star break. Shields (14-8) has turned in six straight quality starts, and he posted a 2.31 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 30:4 K:BB ratio in 35 innings over five September outings. The winner will face the Angels in the AL Division Series.


James Shields settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night against the White Sox. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of a 6-3 win.

Shields allowed three earned runs in each of his final three regular season starts. He owns a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 34 starts (227 innings). He is a candidate to pitch in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday.


James Shields surrenders three runs in loss vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields took a loss Saturday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Tigers.

Shields (14-8) entered the seventh inning with the team's locked up 1-1 in the cruicial AL Central battle, but the Tigers recorded three singles and a walk in the inning to bring home two runs and chase the starter from the game. Shields owns a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 176:42 K:BB ratio in 221 innings. He'll make his last start of the regular season Thursday hoping his team is still alive in the race for the division crown.


Royals move Jeremy Guthrie back in rotation; Jason Vargas, James Shields up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Royals have shuffled their rotation for an upcoming series against the Tigers, as The Kansas City Star reports Jeremy Guthrie has been moved back from Friday to Sunday. That means Jason Vargas will pitch Friday to open the series, followed by James Shields Saturday. 

James Shields allows three runs over seven innings in a no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields posted a quality start in a no-decision Monday night against the White Sox. He allowed three runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 29 1/3 innings, Shields has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 3.15 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 32 starts (214 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at home against Detroit.

James Shields tosses excellent start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields tossed a scoreless start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Shields allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked one during the outing. Despite the strong showing, Shields did not flirt with a no-hitter. He gave up a single against the first batter he faced, but managed to erase the base runner with a pickoff. He waited until the seventh inning to give up his next hit. Shields put two men on base during the inning, but managed to get out of it without giving up a run. 

With the win, Shields improved to 14-7. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start. 


James Shields tosses a scoreless start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields tossed a scoreless start Friday against the Yankees.

Shields allowed three hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. Shields didn't give up his first hit until the bottom of the fourth inning. After putting another man on with a hit by pitch, Shields escaped the inning unscathed. Shields was pulled in the nith inning after giving up a single to Derek Jeter. He threw 97 pitches during the outing. 

With the win, Shields improved to 13-7. He'll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


James Shields can't factor into decision Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday night at home against the Indians. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of a 3-2 defeat in extras.

Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Shields has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 29 starts (192 innings). His next start will come Friday in New York against the Yankees.