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Here we sit on January 30, and I have more firm plans for attending a spring training than James Shields does. What has happened to his market? Without getting any more into it today than I did on Wednesday, it seems that it's an obvious case of a market not materializing and agent and/or client unwilling to adjust. Anyway, it's tough to feel like the book is closed on the off-season...
Via Pine Tar Press
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Are the Royals Better Off Without James Shields?

Last season, the Kansas City Royals shocked everyone by making it to the World Series. The last few seasons, James Shields has been a model of consistency. This past season, he went 14-8 and finished with a 3.24 ERA with 180 strikeouts, but should the Royals re-sign him? In terms of big-name pitchers, this off-season has seen some mega-contracts. Jon Lester signed with the Chicago...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals Should Do More Than Due Diligence on Shields

When the off-season began, we were all resigned to the fact that James Shields would be pitching in 2015 with a new team. It was a foregone conclusion that some team would give him four or five years at $20+ million per year and we'd be left remembering the 455 regular season innings he gave the Royals in two years with a 3.18 ERA. We'd remember the leadership he provided that was...
Via Pine Tar Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana to name four), they all had more red flags than Shields. Yet, Shields...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #102: James Shields | SP | FA

Two years ago, how many people thought we’d look back on the James Shields-Wil Myers trade and say the Royals got a good deal? Probably not too many, and even though the book is probably closed on Shields in Kansas City while Myers and Jake Odorizzi are likely just embarking on their respective MLB careers, the fact still remains that Shields was an integral part of a pennant...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields wants to pitch on the West Coast

We’ve nearly reached February, and James Shields is still out there, dangling in the wind on the free agent market. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Shields wants to join a team on the west coast. That’s all fine and dandy, but there’s just one problem with his desires – the ten teams in the two western divisions aren’t exactly jonesing for starting pitching, and...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is James Shields Still Without a Deal ?

James Shields is waiting by the phone hoping it will ring. Going into the MLB off season he was one of the biggest free agents out there ready to offer his services to the highest bidder. But something happened on the way to the bank and Shields is still waiting for the Brinks Truck to show up at his house. Jon Lester signed with the Cubs for 6 years at $155 million, Max Scherzer...
Via Baseball News Source
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: James Shields edition

After the finish of the 2014 regular season, Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields entered the world of free agency. The Royals ace had been signed to a 4-year $11.25 million dollar contract that reached its end in 2015. Along with the Royals still considering re-signing the pitcher, there are multiple other teams in the hunt. Over the course of his brief run with Kansas City...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees won't sign free-agent James Shields because of A-Rod: Report

As if Yankee fans need another reason to vilify Alex Rodriguez, along comes this little tid-bid of info coming from Brian Cashman on Wednesday afternoon. The Yankees general manager claims that James Shields, one of the most desirable starting pitchers available in free agency this offseason, will not be contacted by the team.  And the reason the Bombers — just one...
Via The Other Paper
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is James Shields Worth the Risk?

James Shields is still looking to sign with a team – (Mandatory Credit: The Associated Press) The MLB free agent pitching market still contains a few big names on it. Behind Max Scherzer and the huge contract he is searching for lies James Shields, the 33-year-old former 16th round pick out of California. Big Game James, as you may know him, is seeking what will be the last big...
Via The Sports Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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