According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals have balked at the Rays' asking price for James Shields.
Tampa Bay reportedly wants top outfield prospect Wil Myers plus an additional player or two. Which isn't sitting well with the Royals, given that Shields is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2014 season. The two sides will presumably continue to talk. Shields, 30, has a strong 3.15 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over the past two years.