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33 James Shields SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 12/20/1981 | Birthplace: Newhall, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/80 | Average Draft Position: 57.46
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Padres choose James Shields to start Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields is the choice to start Opening Day, manager Bud Black said on Saturday, per MLB.com's Paul Casella

It will be Shields' seventh Opening Day start and fourth straight. He started the opener four times for the Rays and each of the last two seasons for the Royals before signing with the Padres as an offseason free agent. 

Shields was 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts this spring.


James Shields pitches five hitless innings for Padres


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) James Shields continued his strong spring for the Padres with five hitless innings on Sunday. 

Shields struck out six and walked two, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25.

Shields has given up just four hits in 12 innings this spring, while striking out 16. He also singled in his first two spring at bats before snapping his streak by making an out in his second time up, Sunday. 

"I just need to clean that up a bit this next outing," Shields said to U-T San Diego, "or it might be a thing where I might just go into the stretch beginning of an inning."


James Shields is the Padres' likely opening day starter


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) It appears to be shaping up for pitcher James Shields to start opening day for the Padres, according to MLB.com. 

Padres manager Bud Black has yet to make an official announcement on an opening day starter but said a decision will be made soon. But with the way the rotation has gone thus far in camp, it's shaping up for Shields to be ready to go against the Dodgers on April 6. 

On Thursday against the Dodgers, Shields pitched a perfect three innings in a 1-0 loss. 

Shields signed a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres in February. 


James Shields pitches crisp inning in Padres debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Padres RHP James Shields pitched one inning in his spring debut. Shields gave up one hit and threw six strikes in 11 pitches. 

"My body feels good, my arm feels good. It's good to get the adrenaline going," Shields said


Padres' James Shields to make spring debut on Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields will make his spring debut on Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

After Shields pitched deep into the postseason, the Padres wanted to bring him along slowly during camp. He'll make his first start against the Giants on Saturday. It's unclear how long Shields will pitch.

The 33-year-old posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last season. 


Padres' Shields being held back following deep postseason run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Since Padres starting pitcher James Shields pitched deep into the postseason last year with the Royals, the coaching staff has him slightly behind the other starters in camp, per U-T San Diego.

"Fortunately, we don't have to start him until a little bit further -- he's not starting in the first three (spring-training) games -- but he'll be fine," pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "It's no big deal."


Agent: James Shields never received five-year, $110M offer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Agent Page Odle, who represents starting pitcher James Shields, denied the report his client was offered a five-year, $110 million contract before he accepted the Padres' four-year, $75 million offer, per FOX Sports.com.

"James Shields never received, nor did he reject, a five-year, $110 million offer by some sort of mystery team," Odle said. "We never had an offer like that. We never received an offer like that. That was completely inaccurate and a fabrication.

"We had scenarios talking to teams in the three-year, four-year and five-year range from the start. James never demanded a five-year deal. Would James have liked a five-year deal? Of course. Why wouldn't he? But there was never that demand."

Shields told a San Diego radio station Thursday that his final decision was between the Cubs and Padres. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the process. However, Heyman said the Cubs weren't going to be able to offer Shields a deal in the mid-$70-million range after spending $175 million on starting pitchers this offseason.

"At the beginning of the offseason, I'm watching the moves [general manager A.J. Preller] was making, and it's incredible the change and the willingness to win," Shields said during his introductory press conference with San Diego. "It's the fact that this organization is ready to win now, and that's what attracted me to the San Diego Padres."


Shields: Cubs were in final two before signing deal with Padres


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Starting pitcher James Shields, who joined San Diego on a four-year, $75 million contract, said during a radio interview Thursday his decision came down to the Padres and Cubs, according to U-T San Diego. Shields' deal with San Diego also includes a team option for 2019.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the process. However, Heyman said the Cubs weren't going to be able to offer Shields a deal in the mid-$70-million range after spending $175 million on starting pitchers this offseason.

The Marlins also offered Shields a three-year deal and a vesting option, per Heyman.

"At the beginning of the offseason, I'm watching the moves [general manager A.J. Preller] was making, and it's incredible the change and the willingness to win," Shields said during his introductory press conference with San Diego. "It's the fact that this organization is ready to win now, and that's what attracted me to the San Diego Padres."


Padres announce four-year deal with pitcher James Shields


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Padres made it official Wednesday, announcing they've signed free-agent pitcher James Shields to a four-year contract with a team option for 2019. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal does not include a no-trade clause.

Shields, 33, went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts for the Royals last season. He's the only pitcher in the majors throw at least 225 innings each of the last four years.

Shields picked San Diego over offers from the Cubs and Marlins, according to Heyman.


Marlins, Cubs offers not enough to land James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) The Marlins and Cubs both made offers to pitcher James Shields before the veteran pitcher agreed to a four-year deal with the Padres, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman reports the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the free-agent process. The Marlins also offered Shields a three-year deal and a vesting option.

Shields' deal with the Padres also includes an option year.


Padres, James Shields agree on four-year, $75M range


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms a report the Padres have agreed on a four-year deal with pitcher James Shields.

The deal's worth $75 million and includes an option for a fifth season. Shields still needs to take a physical, which will likely push back the official announcement for a few days. 

The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings.

The move completes the Padres overhaul this offseason. The team completely revamped in the outfield, adding Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. Catcher Derek Norris and third baseman Will Middlebrooks also joined the club via trades.

Shields will join Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy at the top of San Diego's rotation.

SB Nation first reported the Shields-Padres agreement.


Report: James Shields decision expected on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Free-agent pitcher James Shields is expected to make his decision on Monday, according to Bleacher Report. 

Shields was expected to sign with a club either Sunday or Monday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Padres were considered the favorite early on Sunday, with the Cubs seen as a possible threat. 

The 33-year-old Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings with the Royals last season. It's believed Shields will earn close to $20 million annually with his new deal. 


Report: Padres told several teams heavily involved in Shields bidding


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) The Padres have been told that several teams remain heavily involved in the bidding for free-agent pitcher James Shields, USA Today reports.

The Padres "badly" want Shields and are still considered the favorites, but the two sides are considered at an impasse in negotiations, per Bleacher Report. The Padres have reportedly made their final offer on the free-agent pitcher, and if multiple teams are indeed heavily involved in his market -- and it's unclear which teams are still involved in the bidding, per USA Today -- it's possible San Diego could be trumped at the 11th hour. However, teams rumored to be considering runs at Shields in free agency like the Cubs and Blue Jays don't fit his wish to pitch for a West Coast team.

Shields said earlier this week that he planned to sign a deal by the end of the week, so his long offseason of uncertainty could be nearing an end. One team was told a decision is expected from Shields "soon," according to USA Today.


D'backs GM says team is done dealing, likely out of running for Shields


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart doesn't think the team will end up signing free agent pitcher James Shields, according to MLB.com.

"We're quiet in our house right now," general manager Dave Stewart said. "We've taken the position that we're weeks away from spring training, and now we're just going to see what we have. If we need to make adjustments, we'll make adjustments after we see what we have. Right now, we're where we are with the players that we have. I think if you talk to our staff as a whole we are very, very positive and optimistic that what we're going to put on the field is going to be good."

The Padres, Blue Jays, Cubs and Marlins have reportedly shown interest in the free agent, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Owner Jim Crane hints Astros are not in mix to sign James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) As free agent starting pitcher James Shields reportedly gets closer to making a decision, it appears the Astros will not be in the final mix to sign the veteran pitcher, per the Houston Chronicle.

"The partnership has put their money where their mouth is and continued to increase the payroll as we developed a nucleus," Astros owner Jim Crane said. "I'm not saying that we wouldn't make a move if we got a good deal, but we feel it might be a little too early to sign a guy to a three- or four-year deal, which I think he's looking for.

"And he's a little older. Everybody is doing their work on it. They uncover every stone and pull up every rock."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the Padres are among the favorites to sign Shields. The Blue Jays, Cubs and Marlins also appear to be interested.


Padres in, Blue Jays 'kicking the tires' on James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Padres are among the favorites to land free-agent pitcher James Shields, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports, adding that the Blue Jays are said to be "kicking the tires" on Shields.

The Padres are said to be determined to add a top-flight rotation piece and are believed to like Shields, who makes his home in the San Diego area and prefers to play on the West Coast. The Blue Jays are a surprise addition to the Shields market, as they have "obvious financial restrictions," per the report.

Shields went 14-8 with a 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with the Royals in 2014. A previous report indicated he was expected to sign by the end of this week.


Report: Cubs 'kicking the tires' on James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free-agent pitcher James Shields, CSNChicago.com reports.

Shields is expected to choose his final destination by the end of the week and already has multiple offers in hand, according to a previous report. He went 14-8 with a 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with the Royals in 2014. The Cubs already landed Jon Lester earlier in the offseason.


Red Sox, A's, Yankees not in mix to sign James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Red Sox and Athletics are two more teams not in the hunt to sign free agent starting pitcher James Shields, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Yankees are also not in the mix to sign Shields, Heyman reported earlier Monday.

FOX Sports reported late Tuesday night that Shields has multiple offers in hand and is expected to sign by the end of the week.


Yankees are not pursuing James Shields


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Yankees are not contenders for right-handed pitcher James Shields, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Shields is expected to sign with a team by the end of this week, with the Yankees rumored to be in the mix. However, it appears that the Yankees have decided not to go after Shields.

In nine years, Shields holds a career ERA of 3.72 in stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals.


Report: James Shields expected to sign by end of week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Free-agent pitcher James Shields has multiple offers on the table and is expected to sign by the end of this week, FOX Sports reports.

The Cardinals, Yankees and Padres were reported to have shown interest earlier Tuesday, and other teams have also been rumored to be in the mix throughout the offseason. Shields went 14-8 with a 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with the Royals in 2014.


Report: Yankees, Padres showing interest in James Shields


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The Yankees and Padres could be possible suitors to land free-agent pitcher James Shields, sources told Fox Sports.

Both teams are believed to be pursuing what many consider the best free-agent pitcher left on the market. In 2014, Shields went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings.


Report: Cardinals have shown interest in James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The Cardinals have shown interest in signing free-agent pitcher James Shields this offseason, USA Today Sports reports.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman listed the Cardinals as a potential landing spot for Shields in January, pointing to the team's early interest in Jon Lester and Max Scherzer. Heyman also indicated in January that there had been rumors of the team's interest in the free-agent pitcher. The Cardinals lost Shelby Miller from the rotation earlier this offseason in the trade that brought Jason Heyward to St. Louis.

Shields has delivered eight straight 200-inning seasons and topped 225 innings in each of his last four years. He went 14-8 with a 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with the Royals in 2014.


Report: Marlins keeping tabs on James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Marlins are keeping tabs on pitcher James Shields, according to ESPN.

With Max Scherzer now off the market, teams who missed out have already started turning their attention to Shields. The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. The Marlins spent the offseason making upgrades in the rotation, acquiring both Mat Latos and Dan Haren. 


GM Stewart: D-Backs no longer pursuing James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) It appears the Diamondbacks are no longer pursuing free agent starting pitcher James Shields. Just a few weeks after saying Arizona remain interested in Shields, general manager Dave Stewart said Thursday the Diamondbacks are no longer in on the 33-year-old pitcher.

With Shields seeking a contract worth $100 million, it was going to be difficult to sign him since the Diamondbacks' payroll is already around $106 million.

"The truth is, I haven't even thought about how," Stewart said Jan. 13. "We'll look at the numbers and look at who we'll have to possibly subtract, if that's what we have to do.

"I would like to be (under $100 million). I've not been told to be, but I would like to be."


Brewers considering Shields, K-Rod, Soriano to bolster pitching staff


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Brewers are casting a wide net looking for pitching help after trading Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Free agent starting pitcher James Shields, and relievers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano are on their radar, per Heyman. The Brewers are also considering trades as a way to bolster their pitching staff.