Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields (33) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

James Shields And The Kansas City Royals Are Not Talking Extension



The Kansas City Royals apparently don’t think they have a chance to sign James Shields to an extension. Sadly, they don’t even seem to be trying.

According to Jim Bowden, ESPN Baseball Insider and host of SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch and Front Office, reported today after having Shields on his show, there are no talks eminent between the Royals and their ace.






The Royals gave up too much in Wil Myers to not try to negotiate with James Shields to retain his service past this season. However, at one point, it was reported that Shields was asking for a contract similar to the deal Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers.

With his age and mileage, it would not be prudent to re-sign Shields for a $147 million, no matter how many years the Royals spread out the money. Still, you would at least like to hear that Kansas City and James Shields were trying to come to some sort of agreement.

I have also been of the mind that Dayton Moore had to make the Shields for Myers deal to improve this ball club. I stand by that opinion. After watching the Royals be awful for so many seasons, no one can convince me, though many have tried, that the Royals would have won more games last year if Moore had not pulled the trigger.

That being said, if the Royals do not make the playoffs in 2014, and Shields unceremoniously leaves, what will have been the point? The Royals would have not made the playoffs without James Shields.

It was always a pipe dream that Shields would really, truly consider a longer term, home town deal with Kansas City. It was even more of a pipe dream that David Glass would be willing to pony up the money to even warrant the consideration by Shields.

Enjoy watching James Shields pitch for the Kansas City Royals this season. Admire his professionalism, effort, and tenacity. Hope that somehow the Royals make it into the playoffs.

James Shields will be pitching somewhere else in 2015.

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