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MLB Rumors: Kansas City Royals could look to trade James Shields?

The Kansas City Royals do not look like a contending team. There is still time for them to turn things around, but if things don’t improve soon they will face a tough decision with ace pitcher and impending free agent James Shields.

Shields promises to fetch a handsome contract north of $100 million on the open market. The Royals are unlikely to be the team to pay him that deal, and so they face a decision: use the protection of a qualifying offer to ensure that they get at least one draft pick for losing him, or seek a trade for him now to get multiple pieces in return?

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! writes that the Royals have put themselves in a position where general manager Dayton Moore must explore a trade for Shields this summer:

And so unless lightning strikes their bats, it is incumbent on Moore not just to entertain trading Shields but to do so. He struggles with dealing known quantities…Positioning Shields as the antidote to the high prices of Price and Samardzija while still asking for a strong bounty is the reasonable, and proper, tack…

…Some teams in this position could afford to keep Shields. The Royals are not one of them.

Shields would be cheaper in terms of prospects in a trade because he is a free agent after this season, as opposed to David Price and Jeff Samardzija who are both under team control through 2015.

Given the high expectations of the last two seasons, the Royals probably still fancy themselves legit contenders in the American League Central. But if this team continues to trend the wrong direction, they would definitely be wise to look to the future and trade Shields this summer.

Tags: James Shields Kansas City Royals

  • James S

    I hope this happens just for my own fantasy greed.

    • Hayden Kane

      I can imagine – if wins are a category in your league, they will be hard to come by for Shields unless that Royals’ offense improves in a hurry.

  • Matt Peterson

    Dayton has said and I’ll repeat for him shields will never be traded and has expressed he wants to stay here in kc following this year as well do your research stop putting out false articles with no legitamate sources to back it

  • TrueBlueTexan

    Shields has had some ups and downs since he has been with KC, but from what I have seen since we traded Myers for him, his positives highly outweigh the negatives. Any legit ace has off days every so often but when he is on the mound with his confidence and swagger, he is lights out and its obvious that the entire team feeds off of him and his demeanor. Every true KC fan knows what he has brought to the team as far as leadership and confidence on and off the field… Not to mention his “workhorse” ethic. I am trying not to speculate too much on the upcoming trades but would be upset to see him go elsewhere. I have read several articles stating that he enjoys playing in KC and is open to staying, but, you never know…. especially with some of the speculated dollar amounts that have been tossed around in regards to obtaining/ keeping him. To me, he seems more like a solid, stand up team guy rather than someone looking for a ridiculously big contract to cushion his future.. Gil Meche was a good example of a “team guy” even though he was NO BGJ. I guarantee Shields is also well aware of the positive direction our team is headed. As long as he keeps his dominant demeanor and stays healthy, I say that the Glass family should be busting out the check book and keep oiling this Royal blue machine.