Feb 25, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) looks on during a workout at Surprise Stadium practice area Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: James Shields won't talk in-season contract with Royals

If the Kansas City Royals want to re-sign James Shields, they better get a move on it as the starting pitcher recently suggested he’s not interested in working out an in-season deal.

James Shields told us he has no interest in negotiating with the Royals once the season starts Sirius 209 XM 89

It’s a pretty understandable stance from Shields as the vast majority of players don’t want a looming contract over their head as they attempt to perform at a high level.

Shields is scheduled to hit free agency five-days after the 2014 World Series concludes and according to Shields’ agent, the Royals have not engaged in long term contract talks, so the two sides appear to be at a bit of a crossroads.

Barring a change of mind by Shields or a quick resolution in the coming weeks, it looks like the 32-year-old Shields will be hitting free agency – especially if he has a repeat performance of 2013 where he went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA.

If that is the case, Shields stands to cash in heavily come free agency as he’ll be one of the top arms on the market.

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