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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

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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.


Report: Padres 'unlikely to land' SP James Shields


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Padres are on the "periphery" of the James Shields sweepstakes, and are "unlikely to land him," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore also indicated earlier in the day that it's doubtful Kansas City will bring Shields back in 2015. Shields is reportedly seeking a five-year, $125-million offer. Shields is 114-90 with a 3.72 ERA over nine MLB seasons. According to the report, the teams with the heaviest interest remain unclear at this point.


Royals GM Moore: It's doubtful we bring back James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Royals general manager Dayton Moore is well aware that starting pitcher James Shields remains unsigned, according to MLB Network Radio.

"I can't say it hasn't crossed my mind [to try and bring him back]," Moore said Thursday. "Right now with Edinson Volquez, we feel rotation will be solid. 

"At this point in time, though, it's doubtful we bring back James."

Shields spent the last two seasons with the Royals. He went 27-17 with a 3.18 ERA in 68 starts for Kansas City. Shields is reportedly looking for a five-year, $125 million contract.


Report: Rockies did not make five-year, $110 million offer to Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) It appears despite the rumors that the Rockies might have been the mystery team to have offered free agent starting pitcher James Shields a five-year, $110 million deal, a major-league source told The Denver Post that the Rockies “unequivocally did not make Shields an offer.”

USA Today reported over the weekend that Shields is seeking a five-year, $125-million offer. Shields is 114-90 with a 3.72 ERA over nine MLB seasons.


Report: Marlins still interested in Shields, but unlikely to sign him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Marlins continue to keep tabs on free agent starting pitcher James Shields, but it is highly unlikely they will sign him, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald

The Marlins could get involved if they trade starting pitcher Dan Haren, and the market drops significantly below the five years and $100 million-plus Shields is seeking. Although, it's unlikely Shields will settle for less than $100 million.


Report: James Shields seeking five-years, $125 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Former Royals pitcher James Shields is seeking a five-year, $125 million deal, according to the USA Today

There were rumors Shields had received an offer worth $110 million earlier in the offseason, but turned it down because he didn't want to pitch for that club. It's unclear whether another team will pony up the cash for the 33-year-old. Though Shields is seeking a six-figure deal, teams are hoping to something closer to four-years, $80 million will get the job done. The Diamondbacks, Tigers and Blue Jays have all been mentioned as candidates for Shields recently.

Shields is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. 


Report: Blue Jays renewing interest in James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) The Blue Jays are one of multiple teams renewing their interest in free-agent pitcher James Shields as his asking price comes down, FOXSports.com reports.

The team is not reportedly in negotiations with Shields' agent but is discussing a potential price for the pitcher with which the Blue Jays would be comfortable internally. The organization is also doing additional background check on the free-agent pitcher.

Shields was believed to have a five-year, $110-million offer on the table earlier in the offseason, and it was reported that league executives expected him to land a five-year deal of at least $100 million.

The Diamondbacks and Tigers have also been reported to be in the mix for Shields. If he lands in Toronto, he would likely serve as the team's ace after going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 180:44 K:BB ratio in 227 innings with Kansas City in 2014.


Report: Tigers have been in contact with agent for James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Page Odle, who is the agent for starting pitcher James Shields, has been in "recent" contact with the Tigers, a source told FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. However, the extent of the Tigers' interest in signing Shields remains unclear, according to the source.

The report comes a day after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Detroit was unlikely to re-sign Max Scherzer, who along with Shields are arguably the top two remaining free-agent starting pitchers. Morosi added Shields is expected to cost less than the six-year, $144 million contract the Tigers offered Scherzer in the spring of 2014.

The 33-year-old Shields has won 10-plus games the last eight seasons. He has made it to at least 200 innings the last eight seasons as well. He is 114-90 with a 3.72 ERA over nine MLB seasons.


Yankees' Steinbrenner: 'We're not going to be afraid to spend money'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated Wednesday more offseason moves for New York could be coming, despite general manager Brian Cashman being active this offseason, according to MLB.com. The Yankees have already re-signed third baseman Chase Headley and infielder Stephen Drew, signed reliever Andrew Miller and traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before spring training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Steinbrenner said he wants to get New York back to the postseason while trying to keep the the payroll in the same range, but left the door open to perhaps target one of the top free-agent players still available. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and James Shields are two of the top names still on the free-agent market.

"[But] having said that, we're still the New York Yankees, all you guys know that," Steinbrenner said. "We know what the fans expect. We know what the town expects. We're not going to be afraid to spend money."


Diamondbacks remain interested in free agent SP James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Tuesday the team remains interested in signing free agent starting pitcher James Shields, according to The Arizona Republic. Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with Shields' agent, Page Odle, to "work on groundwork."

"I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches," Stewart said. "I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people -- he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.

"Sometimes, there are concessions the player will make to be here. It's the case that he likes what we're doing with our organization from our end, all we can hope is that there will be concessions enough that he can be here."

The Diamondbacks agreed to an $8.27 million signing bonus with Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez on Tuesday. Stewart said the signing puts the Diamondbacks' payroll around $106 million, adding Arizona might have to shed some salary.

"The truth is, I haven't even thought about how," Stewart said. "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."


Report: Diamondbacks showing interest in James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Diamondbacks are showing interest in free-agent pitcher James Shields, according to FoxSports.com.

It's believed Shields has received offers that exceed $100 million, but his market may no longer be at that level. Arizona reportedly was uncomfortable paying that much for the 33-year-old, so there's a chance he's willing to accept less. Shields also reportedly turned down a five-year, $110 million offer from a team because he didn't want to pitch for that franchise. 

Shields is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. 


Angels continue to show little interest in signing Scherzer, Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday the team continues to have little interest in signing free agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer or James Shields, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We have not engaged with any free-agent pitcher at all," Dipoto said. "We’re still committed to the guys we have. We haven’t explored anything beyond the pitching we have now."


Rangers 'not in the mix' for pitcher James Shields


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team will not sign pitcher James Shields, reports MLB.com.

While the Rangers did meet with the free-agent pitcher in December, Daniels said he hasn't followed up with Shields since their December meeting.

"We like the pitcher, he would be a good fit for our team," Daniels said. "He is a talented strike-thrower. But we're not in the mix."


Blue Jays not expected to pursue James Shields


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) The Blue Jays are not expected to pursue free agent pitcher James Shields, unless he lowers his price, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Shields is reportedly seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million. The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. 

Report: James Shields expected to receive $100 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Former Royals pitcher James Shields is expected to receive a five-year, $100 million deal, according to FoxSports.com.

Two executives believe Shields already has a five-year, $110 million offer on the table, but is looking for more money. His age, and the length of a possible deal, has scared off some teams. Shields' agent, Page Odle, has not commented on the free-agent process. 

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


Report: At least seven teams in on James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Former Royals pitcher James Shields has talked to at least seven clubs, according to the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, Dodgers, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Giants have all at least talked to Shields, but his team has elected to keep conversations private. The Giants have backed off a bit after signing Jake Peavy, but the club remains interested. The 33-year-old Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last year. 


Report: Giants may be out on James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) The Giants are no longer interested in pitcher James Shields, according to ESPN.

The club was said to have interest in the 33-year-old pitcher back in December, but that seems to have waned. Shields was reportedly interested in a five-year deal, and that may have scared off San Francisco. He's coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. Shields has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the past eight seasons. 


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.