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.
James Shields told us there haven’t been any talks about a contract extension with him and the Royals but he is open to staying in KC XM 89
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 15, 2013