Sep 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

James Shields is open to staying with the Kansas City Royals

Starting right handed pitcher James Shields currently has a $12 million club option and a $1 million buy out with the Kansas City Royals.

I honestly thought the way this team was looking during the first half of the regular season, they could have been possible contenders. Now I doubt they just let Shields just walk away but contract talks between Shields and the organization hasn’t started just yet.

The 31 year old right handed pitcher finished the season with a 13-9 record with a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 196 strike outs through 228 2/3 innings pitched.

Shields’ ERA this season dropped a couple points from last years 3.52 with the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s his second lowest ERA of his career, with 2.82 being his lowest in 2011. He should be considered to be Kansas City’s number one pitcher, but will he get an extension that shows it?

If a deal isn’t done, he could always be traded before next years July trade deadline. If that does happen, this team could get a lot in return for him. But I think they find a way to get something done between now and the deadline.

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