James Shields RUMORS & NEWS

  • James Shields rebounds as Royals down Yankees 2-1

    Kansas City Star "James Shields pushed away his breakfast plate of toast and a halved avocado. He leaned back in his chair, swallowed a gulp of orange juice and waited for a dosage of Claritin to kick in. “I can’t even breathe right now,” he said a few hours before anchoring a 2-1 victory over the Yankees at..." June 09

  • Blue Jays more likely to play for Shields than Samardzija this summer

    CBSSports.com "There's been a lot of Blue Jays buzz regarding their potential to acquire Cubs star Jeff Samardzija, but as things stand Toronto expects to focus more this summer on "rental" pitchers, as it wants to avoid gutting its farm system. With rentals the expected preference, Royals star James Shields..." May 31

  • Omar Infante, Royals bail out James Shields in 8-6 victory over Toronto

    Kansas City Star "As he rounded third base, desperate for an opening to tie this baseball game, Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson turned his eyes across the diamond. When the throw bounced, he knew just what to do. “I saw the ball kick out,” Dyson said. “And then I just turned on the boosters.” He scored on a..." May 30

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

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

  • Shields brings high spirits to first official day of camp

    MLB.com "It was a rather quiet morning in the Royals' clubhouse on Friday. Not much going on -- until James Shields burst through the door. Wearing a black cap touting his home state of California, a black T-shirt, gray shorts and sandals, Shields was carrying a bright blue Royals equipment bag...." February 14

  • Shields willing to consider staying in KC

    MLB.com "Yes, James Shields is headed for free agency after next season. And, yes, he'd be willing to discuss extending his Kansas City stay. But, no, Shields is not really heading for the open market looking for a Zack Greinke-type contract -- six years at $147 million -- as one columnist speculated...." February 03

  • James Shields Wants to Get Paid

    Royals Review "Longtime baseball writer and our tenth President, Peter Gammons, had a brief snippet about upcoming free agent pitchers in the wake of the Clayton Kershaw extension. Among those free agents is our own ace in the hole, James Shields. About Big Game James, Gammons writes: James Shields has made..." January 16

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    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

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    Bob Dutton @Royals_Report

    #Royals didn't take long to exercise $13.5 million option on RHP James Shields...not that it was ever a question.

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    Bob Dutton @Royals_Report

    #Royals RHP James Shields out playing catch despite swelling in his arm (line drive in Sunday's game). Expects to make start on Friday.

  • Duffy, Shields sparkle as Royals sweep doubleheader over Tigers

    Kansas City Star "Danny Duffy provided the clearest evidence yet with a masterful outing Friday afternoon that he just might evolve into the sort of dominant homegrown starting pitcher the Royals have long desired. Duffy worked six scoreless innings in outpitching long-time Royals nemesis Justin Verlander in a..." August 17

  • Shields outpitches Sabathia in Royals’ 3-1 victory over Yankees

    Kansas City Star "It’s now eight straight victories and counting for the Royals when James Shields starts, after winning 3-1 over New York on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. And this time, Shields even got the decision as a reward for out-pitching Yankees ace CC Sabathia. That eight-game run includes six..." July 10

  • Lyles outduels Shields 3-1 as Astros take series against Royals

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros don’t just appear to be playing better baseball. They are. A 3-1 victory against Kansas City on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park gave the Astros a series win versus the Royals and a 4-3 record in their last seven games. Righthander Jordan Lyles guided the Astros (14-33). The..." May 23

  • Royals strike late and give Shields a 8-2 win over Rays

    Kansas City Star "James Shields recovered from a shaky start Tuesday night and beat his former club when the Royals finally found some offensive punch in the late innings for an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. It was an emotional night for Shields, who spent 12 years in the Rays’..." May 01

  • Rays prepare for ex-teammate Shields

    Tampa Bay Times "Part of what makes James Shields the pitcher he is, and what made him the pitcher the Royals wanted badly enough from the Rays to part with elite prospect Wil Myers, is the intensity he brings to the mound to win each and every game. But sitting in the Kauffman Stadium dugout Monday afternoon,..." April 30

  • Royals’ Shields is puzzled, disappointed by Longoria’s comments

    Kansas City Star "Royals pitcher James Shields isn’t sure how to react to comments by former teammate Evan Longoria about the “better mental state” of the Tampa Bay clubhouse. Longoria told the Tampa Bay Times that the offseason departures of Shields and now-Atlanta outfielder B.J. Upton provide a benefit in..." April 04

  • Royals’ Shields is puzzled, disappointed by Longoria’s comments

    Kansas City Star "Royals pitcher James Shields isn’t sure how to react to comments by former teammate Evan Longoria about the “better mental state” of the Tampa Bay clubhouse. Longoria told the Tampa Bay Times that the offseason departures of Shields and now-Atlanta outfielder B.J. Upton provide a benefit in..." April 03

  • Collins needs strong performance; Shields starts tonight

    Kansas City Star "Lefty reliever Tim Collins is slotted to pitch again tonight when the Royals play the Chicago Cubs in concluding a day/night doubleheader that commences this afternoon against Milwaukee. Collins could really use a dominant performance to quell growing concerns after after enduring another..." March 27

  • James Shields will start season opener for Royals

    Kansas City Star "There was never much doubt, but it became official Friday morning when Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed James Shields will start April 1 in the season opener against the White Sox in Chicago. “Why Shields?” Yost parried. “Come on, dude. That doesn’t even deserve an answer. If someone can’t..." March 22

  • Royals' Shields, Guthrie show off their parking attendant skills

    Kansas City Star "There’s a protocol in spring training (like there is with most things in most places), and it’s an unwritten rule that big-league players, especially veteran big-league players, get to park closest to the clubhouse. Perhaps it needs to be written down but, no matter, pitchers James Shields and..." March 20

  • Shields arrives in Surprise

    Kansas City Star "James Shields knows how to make an entrance. When Shields checked in Saturday at the Royals’ complex, two days ahead of schedule, he also ponied up for the cost of sandwiches to feed his new teammates. The club can’t provide meals until official workouts begin. The Royals’ unofficial..." February 10

  • Royals got a gamer with James Shields

    Kansas City Star "In the Santa Clarita Valley, a sprawling swath of Southern California suburbia, they still talk about the best high school baseball game they ever saw. It happened nearly 13 years ago, but Jim Ozella, the baseball coach at Hart High School, still keeps the scorebook numbers just a few clicks away..." December 16

  • Rays trade Shields, Davis to Royals for four prospects

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays executed the biggest trade in team history Sunday night, sending pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for four minor league players, including outfielder Wil Myers, the Royals' top prospect. The Rays also received right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi,..." December 10

  • Rangers making progress with Hamilton, discussing trade for James Shields

    Dallas Morning News "The speculation of the moment at the Gaylord Opryland is that the Rangers are so far into talks with Josh Hamilton that they've started pursuing a complicated deal to land a starting pitcher in place of expensive Zack Greinke. MLB sources said the Rangers have been in discussions with Tampa Bay..." December 05

  • Twins Inquire On Rays' James Shields

    Twinkie Town "According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Twins have already checked in on Rays starter James Shields: "James Shields, RHP, Rays — We suspect the Rays will field a lot of calls on him in the coming weeks. Whether they pull the trigger in order to obtain offense remains to be seen. With..." November 04

  • Twins considering trade for Rays righty James Shields?

    Hardball Talk "The Twins had one of the worst pitching staffs in the majors this season, finishing with a combined 4.77 ERA that ranked 28th out of baseball's 30 teams. It was a given that they'd try to do some patchwork this winter, but could a big splash be on the way? According to Nick Cafardo of the..." November 04

  • Rumors swirl on Rays' Shields; Rodney, Molina back in mix

    Tampa Tribune "There is a report out of Los Angeles that the Dodgers have targeted Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields as their top offseason priority. For Shields, it's just part of life as the highest-paid member of the team. The Rays made that official Wednesday when they picked up the 2013 options on..." November 01

  • James Shields and the Rays' offseason

    SB Nation "The A's ruined a lot of things this year. They ruined the Rangers' and Angels' seasons, for example. They ruined the safety net of low expectations that a couple of low-revenue franchises have tried to maintain. For the purposes of this article, though, we'll focus on how they ruined the..." October 31

  • Dodgers identify Rays' James Shields as "No. 1 target"

    Hardball Talk "According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles the Dodgers are looking to add another veteran starting pitcher with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly both question marks health-wise, and their "No. 1 target" is Rays right-hander James Shields. Tampa Bay picked up Shields' option for 2013, because at..." October 31

  • Rays will exercise $10.25 million option on James Shields

    Hardball Talk "In one of the biggest no-brainer calls of the offseason, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have informed right-hander James Shields that they'll exercise his $10.25 million option for 2013. Shields is a tremendous bargain at that price after bouncing back from a rough..." October 30

  • James Shields has best start of his career, sets Rays single-game strikeout record

    D-Rays Bay "As fun as the Rays' win streak has been over the last few weeks, there's been one major downside to them being in the hunt for the playoffs right up until the last moment: I haven't had nearly enough time to process that the season is coming to a close, and that after tonight, there will be no..." October 03

  • Rodney named team MVP; Moore top rookie, Shields Champion award winner

    Tampa Bay Times "Closer RHP Fernando Rodney was named team MVP in the annual voting by members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Rodney, who has 47 saves and a reliever record 0.6053 ERA, received five of the eight first-place votes, finishing ahead of 20-game winner..." October 02

  • Which James Shields will the Orioles see Tuesday night?

    Baltimore Sun "Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields, who will start Tuesday night's pivotal game against the Orioles, is wrapping up a very successful 2012 season that – so far – has featured a 15-9 and a solid 3.62 ERA. That's almost proportionately consistent with his career numbers in 23 career starts against..." October 02

  • Shields is savoring his time

    Tampa Tribune "RHP James Shields makes his 33rd and final start of the regular season tonight, and, possibly, his final start with the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields is due $9 million next season (with a $1.5 million buyout), and given the team's payroll constraints plus its need to upgrade at several positions,..." October 02

  • Shields, Price join exclusive company

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay RHP James Shields said he would like to take one of his jerseys and one from LHP David Price, cut them in half and sew them together so each jersey is a combination of the two. Shields said that might be the best way to commemorate Price and himself joining an exclusive 200-200..." September 27

  • Granderson finds success versus Shields

    New York Post "Curtis Granderson has faced James Shields more than he has any pitcher during his major league career. Going into Saturday, he had 56 at-bats against the Rays right-hander, and he had failed in 50 of them. "I know [my history's] not very good," Granderson said. Whether the Yankees center..." September 16

  • Shields silences potent Rangers with two-hit gem

    Tampa Tribune "RHP James Shields said he had his best pregame bullpen session of the season Sunday. While that doesn't always translate into a good outing, it did for Shields. Shields held the Rangers to two hits and tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season in the Rays 6-0 victory. "I felt..." September 10

  • B.J. Upton hits three homers, Shields pitches two-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays' 6-0 win over Texas

    Tampa Bay Times "It would take a lot to top James Shields' powerful performance Sunday, a two-hit shutout of the majors' most offensive team. And B.J. Upton did, hitting a team-record-tying three home runs in a 6-0 win over Texas. Upton, speaking softly in his corner of the Rays clubhouse, insisted Shields was..." September 10

  • Shields sharp, but Rays bats anemic in loss

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays lost by one run again. They lost 1-0 again. They wasted another outstanding night by a pitcher again. They had their scoring chances but let too many of them slip by again. And to sum it up, manager Joe Maddon used the word "frustrating." Again. "The pain factor," Maddon..." August 29

  • Shields Strong, Offense Does Just Enough In 5-3 Win Over Royals

    D-Rays Bay "As well as the Rays have been playing they couldn't drop a home series to the Royals, right? Right. James Shields earned his twelfth win of the season, pitching seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven while walking just one. It was his fifth consecutive..." August 22

  • Shields grinds through to get big outs

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay RHP James Shields wasn't as sharp as he had been in his previous two starts, but he managed to get the big outs when he needed Sunday in the Rays' 7-3, 10-inning victory against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Six of those big outs came in the sixth and seventh innings after the..." August 13

  • Fastballs secret to Shields' surge

    Tampa Tribune "RHP James Shields has been a different pitcher since his talk with pitching coach Jim Hickey before his July 31 start in Oakland. The subject centered on fastballs. Hickey wanted to see more of them from Shields. In his first 21 starts, Shields threw his fastball 27.7 percent of the time,..." August 12

  • James Shields hopes to post another solid outing for Tampa Bay Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP James Shields enters tonight's start against the Blue Jays with the tough task of topping his last outing, a three-hit shutout against the A's. But Shields has experience providing encores, including three consecutive complete games in June 2011 during his All-Star season. "I've done it..." August 07

  • Shields goes distance as Rays rout A's

    Tampa Tribune "As the ball settled into B.J. Upton's glove in center field for the final out Tuesday night, James Shields turned toward the guys sitting down in the bullpen and fired a "This was for you" point. On a night when the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen needed a breather, Shields provided just that, throwing..." August 01

  • Teams starting to wonder if Shields might stay in Tampa Bay

    CBSSports.com "Interested teams are starting to wonder how just serious the Rays really are about trading James Shields. The Rays are said to be seeking "north of Greinke," referring to the three-prospect package the Brewers got for star pitcher Zack Greinke, who is a free agent after the season. So if they..." July 29

  • Shields caught in rumor mill again

    Tampa Tribune "David Price watched a handful of reporters approach James Shields on Friday afternoon as Shields sat in his corner locker inside the visitor's clubhouse at Angels Stadium. "Shields is off limits," Price yelled. Not so much to reporters inquiring about the latest trade rumors, Price meant,..." July 28

  • Rumor roundup: James Shields, Josh Johnson, Vernon Wells

    CBSSports.com "The Marlins are asking for teams' top two or three prospects in exchange for Josh Johnson, tweeted ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Those prospects -- think Texas' Jurickson Profar, Baltimore's Dylan Bundy and/or Manny Machado, and Toronto's Travis d'Arnaud -- are "just to get talks moving," Crasnick also..." July 27

  • Despite 6-2 loss, Maddon still has faith in P Shields

    Tampa Tribune "Although disappointed with the outcome, Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn't necessarily displeased with the performance of starting pitcher James Shields. Shields, on the other hand, wasn't thrilled with his performance. Baltimore scored five times in the fifth Thursday as Shields loaded the..." July 27

  • Dodgers, Rangers join Angels in market for Rays righty Shields

    CBSSports.com "The rival Rangers and Dodgers have joined the Angels in the hunt for Big Game James Shields, sources told CBSSports.com. All three teams have made offers but the Rays are waiting for someone to do better for the former All-Star right-hander. While the Angels have long been tied to Shields,..." July 26

  • Dodgers may shift trade focus to Justin Morneau or James Shields

    Los Angeles Times "With the Dodgers appearing reluctant to meet the Chicago Cubs' asking price for potential two-month rental pitcher Ryan Dempster, they could soon turn their focus to players they could retain beyond this season. Two players on the Dodgers' radar are first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota..." July 22

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