Sox And Giants Tussling Over James Shields

According to Boston.com's Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox and Giants are both still in on free-agent James Shields. According to Cafardo, The Evil Empire is also lurking. Shields is likely to get a 5-year offer in the range of $110. The addition of the 33-year old righty would significantly upgrade the Boston rotation—currently comprising a bevy of #3 starters. Stay tuned.
Via FenwayNation
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Blue Christmas

  It is almost Christmas in America's Heartland, and snow is officially on the ground.  Yet the topic of a majority of people's conversations is not about the Chief's up-coming game with the Pittsburg Steelers which has serious playoff implications.  It is not about College Bowl games or the new playoff series.  It is not even really about college basketball.  Rather the...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Angels Pursue or Pass on Adding a Starter?

Angels GM Jerry Dipoto has several options to consider before deciding whether or not to pursue another starting pitcher this offseason.  The top two Free Agents that remain available are Max Scherzer and James Shields.  Both of these offseason prizes carry some risk and will demand a good chunk of money.  Should Dipoto pursue Scherzer […]
Via The Majors National
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have not made much of a splash in free agency

With the Winter Meetings over and the offseason at the midway point, here is a look at how the Indians rivals in the AL Central have fared: KANSAS CITY ROYALS Last season: 89-73, second. Beat Oakland in AL Wild Card game, swept Los Angeles Angels in three games in AL Division Series, swept Baltimore in four games in AL Championship Series, lost to San Francisco in seven games in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: What’s Wrong With Wil Myers?

Two years ago, the Rays traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for a package of talent centered around outfield prospect Wil Myers. The deal was divisive to say the least, primarily due to Myers’ inclusion; teams generally just didn’t trade prospects of his stature. When you have a 22 year […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks follow off-season script: Big bat, smaller payroll, young arms

 PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks did not make the biggest splash at the winter meetings last week. Chicago's teams did that, both the south- and north-siders. New Los Angeles Dodgers' president Andrew Friedman found creative ways to rework his unwieldy roster, also.  But the D-backs were plenty busy in their own way -- sticking to the plan laid out by chief of baseball operations Tony...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays and Padres Discussing Wil Myers Trade

Just a couple years after sending James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in a package for Wil Myers, it appears that the Tampa Bay Rays may be looking to move Myers for some top prospects. Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal reports that Tampa Bay is in discussions with the San Diego Padres to send Myers out west. The baseball scribe then suggests that some of the Padres...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals are failing to capitalize on their World Series run

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx of cash that comes with an extended postseason run. All of these things...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royal Rewind: Re-watching the 2014 Wildcard Game

It’s December, and my baseball withdrawals are in full swing. I was having a bit of anxiety, so I decided to re-watch the 2014 Wildcard game. Let’s go back, shall we? Royal Rewind: This was the game that Kansas City fans have dreamed of for a very, very long time. For the first time in 29 tedious years, there was finally new life in the Royals fan base. They fought so...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL Verdict Is In: Improve Red Sox Rotation!

The voice of our readers is pretty clear. As the chart shows, almost three-quarters of those voting (73%) say they are not "OK" with the current composition of the Red Sox rotation. Just 27% are satisfied with the way the starters look at present. Clearly, Ben Cherington needs to make at least one more pitching move—either trading for Cole Hamles, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmerman...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents the Yankees Should Still Go After

View image | gettyimages.com Max Scherzer The Yankees are definitely searching for another big arm to add to the mix, and why not chase after the number one free agent and one of the best pitchers in baseball.  The Yankees have yet to make a big move, with rival team Boston making moves left and right.  In fact, you could argue that the Yankees have not yet made a move to...
Via TopSportsReport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Be very afraid of the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers

Just when we had gotten use to the new Los Angeles Dodgers and their bottomless, oft-used wallet, they’ve gone and changed it up once again. There was once a time where the Dodgers couldn’t say no to an expensive veteran and could give a contract extension to just about anyone on the roster. They were a good team, but not the elite team many had thought they could become. But...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Be very afraid of the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers

Just when we had gotten use to the new Los Angeles Dodgers and their bottomless, oft-used wallet, they’ve gone and changed it up once again. There was once a time where the Dodgers couldn’t say no to an expensive veteran and could give a contract extension to just about anyone on the roster. They were a good team, but not the elite team many had thought they could become. But...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: James Shields Met With Red Sox During MLB Winter Meetings

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox have at least considered James Shields. The Red Sox met with Shields on Wednesday night at his San Diego-area home, a source told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. MLBDailyDish.com’s Chris Cotillo first reported a meeting between the sides was scheduled. The Red Sox, of course, have been busy the last couple...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Go Get James Shields, And Call It A Rotation

(Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)It's difficult to understand why there's so much resistance in Red Sox Nation to the possible signing of James Shields. Maybe it's because he was such a bitter AL East foe for so long. And yet, it seems like Shields is the most realistic option left for a top-of-the-rotation starter. In the first place, he won't cost the team any prospects—just John...
Via FenwayNation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Yankees cave in for Max Scherzer or James Shields?

Believe what you may in the New York Yankees desire to stay away from nine-figure salaries this offseason, but with Max Scherzer and James Shields on the market it will be tough for the team to shy away from a truly dominant pitcher, or one who can dominate, both of whom they could absolutely use.Let me begin by saying that I fully support the notion of steering clear of a $200...
Via Yankees Unscripted
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Receiving Calls on Wil Myers

Just two years ago yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays received a package headlined by Wil Myers in a trade with the Kansas City Royals for  James Shields—and now it appears the Tampa Bay Rays are fielding calls on the recently turned-24 year old Myers. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have had “about a half-dozen teams” call about Myers. As Topkin notes...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rhyme of the ancient Yankees: Money, money, everywhere - but not a cent to spend

Last night, Jon Lester went off the Yankee grid, hours after we lost David Robertson - in both cases, without ever firing off a shot.Today, a popular view across the Yankiverse is that Hal Steinbrenner has been marshaling his bottle deposits, planning to grab a Max Scherzer or a James Shields, or somebody at least bigger than the two sorry teams signed for the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Cruz Cashes In

I believe it’s safe to say this is the calm before the storm. Sunday, MLB’s annual Winter Meetings kick off in San Diego, and there’s still plenty around the baseball world that needs to be settled. We’ve had a “big” free agent signings, which we’ll get to momentarily, and we’ve also had a couple of notable trades. Still, the biggest names—Jon Lester, Max Scherzer...
Via The Sports Post
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Rumors: Angels shopping C.J. Wilson, pursuing James Shields, Max Scherzer

As the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings set to begin Monday, the rumor mills have started turning. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Los Angeles Angels will look to trade starting pitcher C. J. Wilson. Doing so would allow them to pursue top free agent pitchers Max Scherzer and/or James Shields. #456230882 / gettyimages.com In his Sunday report, Heyman says Wilson...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels willing to trade C.J. Wilson in order to get rotation upgrade

Getty Images The Angels would like to sign Max Scherzer or James Shields, however to do so they would likely need to unload left hander C.J. Wilson first. Wilson, 34, is coming off a poor season with the Angels win which he was 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in 31 starts. The first two seasons of Wilson in Los Angeles went about as well as anyone could expect however last...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Pena Accidentally Said “Big D**k James Shields” On Live TV (Video)

Carlos Pena had one absolutely bizarre and interesting Freudian slip on air… In the air of social media even obvious slip up’s on air can be quite damning. The post Carlos Pena Accidentally Said “Big D**k James Shields” On Live TV (Video) appeared first on Geeks & Cleats.
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Shopping For Top Right-Handed Starter

The White Sox may be open to trying to keep All-Star Max Scherzer in the AL Central, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. as they look to add a “top” right-handed starter. “The White Sox are in the market for a veteran right-handed starter, and with some payroll flexibility remaining after two key moves, they appear to at least be considering even the top guys — Max Scherzer...
Via Mets Merized Online
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't be surprised if Royals fill holes via trades, not free agency

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At this point, the Royals' front office will head into next week's Winter Meetings in San Diego with a hole in right field, a hole in the rotation and perhaps a partial hole at DH, although they may use that spot as a "leg rest" for their position players. But while there has been plenty of speculation about big-time free agents filling those holes, Royals general...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
17 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox in position to pounce if AL Central rivals slide

Are the White Sox the team to watch in the AL Central next season? That sort of proclamation is surely premature. The Royals won the American League pennant as a wild card and might be favored to finish on top, depending on how they replace James Shields and Billy Butler. The Tigers have won four consecutive AL Central titles and should be expected to win again, especially if their...
Via Bloguin Best
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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