Shields can opt out of his four-year, $75M deal with Padres after two years, according to a copy of his contract obtained by Fox Sports.
CSN Chicago "The last major unsigned free agent has yet to find a home, and the Cubs may be a possible destination. CSN's David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent starting pitcher James Shields, who helped guide the Kansas City Royals to the World Series in 2014." February 05
GM Dave Stewart says Dbacks still not in on James Shields.
@jonmorosi reported there are multiple teams making an offer to James Shields, but the Red Sox aren't one of them per major league source.
Sources: James Shields has multiple offers in hand and is expected to sign by the end of this week. @FOXSports
Hardball Talk "James Shields finally appears close to making a decision, with multiple reports suggesting that he has long-term offers in hand and could choose a team by the end of this week. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the process, but it sounds like Shields re-signing with the Royals can be..." February 04
One rival GM said tonight he believes #Yankees are now actively pursuing James Shields.
MLB Daily Dish "Arizona was linked to the 33-year old free agent who could sign soon with Max Scherzer off the board. With Max Scherzer off the market, teams seeking starting pitching depth could begin to pursue James Shields. Arizona was thought to be one of the teams most notably interested, but according to..." January 26
From the due diligence department: Dayton Moore says KC is still monitoring James Shields’ free agency, but “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”
New York Daily News "In case you held out hope that the Yankees would turn to James Shields now that Max Scherzer is officially off the market, well, the club is apparently sticking to its pledge this winter to stay away from big free agent contracts for starting pitchers, GM Brian Cashman reiterated on..." January 22
Source: #Padres on periphery of Shields sweepstakes, unlikely to land him. Teams with heaviest interest still unclear.
SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball looks at the James Shields market, Yoan Moncada, and MLB bullying the Orioles once again. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes..." January 21
McCovey Chronicles "At least, that's what they're telling us. I still believe! The Giants introduced Nori Aoki at a press conference on Tuesday, and it was a pretty standard affair. Aoki would prefer to hit at the top of the order, but he says that's for the manager to decide. The manager, by phone, said that..." January 20
CBSSports.com "After a day of haggling and medical reviews, the Brewers and Rangers have finalized a trade sending right-hander Yovani Gallardo to Texas. In return, Milwaukee is receiving three good but not great prospects. Believe it or not, the 28-year-old Gallardo is the Brewers' all-time leader in..." January 19
Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a surprise team in the mix for free agent right-hander James Shields. Rosenthal speculates that Arizona’s interest is a “strong indication” that Shields’ market is not at $100 million, as they aren’t willing to spend for..." January 13
Fox Sports "ink the Max Scherzer market is a mystery? Try figuring out which team is getting James Shields. Though the front-runners for Shields are not known, a number of executives tell FOX Sports they expect the free-agent right-hander to land a contract of at least five years, $100 million. Two..." January 05
Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources
Fox Sports "So far, we’ve heard very little about the market for free-agent right-hander James Shields. Well, here is one interested team: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs tried to trade for Shields and Wade Davis two years ago in a three-way deal that would have sent Justin Upton to the Rangers..." November 18
Kansas City Star "The Royals have extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to pitcher James Shields, and protected themselves with draft-pick compensation if Shields signs elsewhere. Shields has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the offer. He is expected to enter free agency and reap a contract worth..." November 03
Chicago Sun-Times "When Kansas City Royals ace James Shields walked off the mound at the end of a scoreless sixth inning Sunday night at AT&T Park, after his final start of the year, he looked more like “Big Game James” than he ever has. Not just because of a strong performance in his Game 5 start against the San..." October 27
CSN Washington "The Marlins infused their roster with veterans such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee last offseason and it paid off, as the team improved by 15 wins from the year before. This winter, according to MLB.com, Miami hopes to gain even more experience, specifically free agents who have been..." October 22
CBSSports.com "When Game 3 of the ALCS was rained out last week, many speculated the Royals would take advantage by using ace right-hander James Shields in Game 4 on regular rest. Instead, they opted to start Jason Vargas as scheduled and kept Shields lined up for Game 5. Turns out that decision was based on..." October 21
Hardball Talk "“Big Game” James Shields may have a career postseason ERA of 5.19, but he’s still a really good starter and the Royals wouldn’t be where they are now without him. But if they’re going to get back to where they are next season, they’re gonna probably have to do it without him. Andy Martino in the..." October 18
Hardball Talk "Andy McCullough of the KC Star has a story today noting, quite correctly, that in addition to trying to pitch his Kansas City Royals into the World Series, James Shields is also auditioning for a big free agent contract after the season ends: At 32, he figures to be the most affordable of the..." October 10
CBSSports.com "The Royals, who have been presumed to be a long shot to bring back ace James Shields, have decided they will indeed at least make a run at re-signing him, people familiar with the situation say. The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the..." October 08
No shock here: James Shields will start Game 1 on Friday.
SB Nation "Quick. There's no time. You have to answer before the American League Wild Card Game begins. The Royals made the playoffs, and you have to answer before James Shields starts the most important Royals game in 29 years: Were the Royals right to trade six years of Wil Myers for two of James..." September 30
Wild card game set: A's vs. #Royals, Jon Lester vs. James Shields
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
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
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
James Shields told us he has no interest in negotiating with the Royals once the season starts Sirius 209 XM 89
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
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
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
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
#Royals didn't take long to exercise $13.5 million option on RHP James Shields...not that it was ever a question.
#Royals RHP James Shields out playing catch despite swelling in his arm (line drive in Sunday's game). Expects to make start on Friday.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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