Should James Shields be worried that he didn’t take the Royals qualifying offer of $15.3 million for one-year? The jury is out on this question but it appears that maybe he should be starting to fret, at least a little bit.
The market for Shields is really a complete mystery, except for one offer from an unknown team supposedly on the table that has not been confirmed. Shields’ agent, Page Odle, has continually declined to comment on anything since the free agent process began.
What little is known about the market for Shields is that it appears to be shrinking, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
The San Francisco Giants, once thought to be very much on the path to get Shields for their rotation, have stated that they are not pursuing the free agent right-hander.
They are sticking with their rotation of Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and, surprisingly, Tim Lincecum. Lincecum struggled last season and was moved into the bullpen, however, the Giants are giving him another chance.
The Boston Red Sox are another team tied to Shields. They spoke with him and his agent at the winter meetings but have not had contact since.
You can read the rest of my story of what very well may turn into contract woes for Shields on Baseball Hot Corner via the link below: