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.