James Shields SP KC 1 Month

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball on Opening Day for the Royals.

The announcement was a mere formality, as Shields is clearly the ace of the Royals staff. Jason Vargas will work in game two for the Royals, with Jeremy Guthrie tabbed for the homer opener in the fourth game of the regular season.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

James Shields shut out the D'Backs over three innings in Wednesday's start.

Shields was solid, allowing just one hit while striking out three. The Royals' ace is in his walk year. A solid 2014 campaign could lead to a nice payday after the season. The right-hander led the league in innings pitched last season and posted a 3.15 ERA.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

James Shields told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Tuesday that he is not open to in-season contract negotiations.

Shields is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series and the Royals haven't discussed any sort of long-term extension this spring with his agent. It sure looks like the 32-year-old right-hander is headed for the open market. Shields was 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, and 196 strikeouts in 228 2/3 innings last season for Kansas City.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields worked a perfect inning against the Rangers in his Cactus League debut on Friday.

The veteran right-hander needed just 10 pitches to generate three easy groundballs in the short outing. Slated to again be a workhorse in the Royals rotation, Shields is a strong bet to exceed 200 strikeouts which makes him a strong second starter in fantasy drafts.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that James Shields would be willing to discuss a contract extension to remain in Kansas City long-term.

The 32-year-old right-hander who came over in last year's Wil Myers trade, was the strong workhorse the Royals expected him to be in 2013, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 196/68 K/BB ratio over 228 2/3 innings. Set for free agency after the 2014 campaign, when asked about a potential extension Shields quipped, "Yeah, I'd definitely be open-minded to it, for sure." It would certainly be in the best interest of Dayton Moore and the Royals to get something done.

James Shields SP KC 5 Months

James Shields told Jim Bowden on Sirius XM that he hasn't had any discussions with the Royals about a contract extension, but is open to staying in Kansas City.

The 31-year-old right-hander went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 196/68 K/BB ratio over a league-high 228 2/3 innings during his first season with the Royals. He's slated to hit free agency after the 2014 season, so if the Royals are unable to work out an extension before the season, he could become a candidate to be traded at the deadline.

James Shields SP KC 6 Months

Royals exercised RHP James Shields' $13.5 million club option for the 2014 season.

It was an easy decision for the Kansas City front office after Shields registered a 3.15 ERA and 196/68 K/BB ratio across 228 2/3 innings in 2013. He'll be the ace of the Royals' starting rotation again next season.

James Shields SP KC 7 Months

James Shields spun seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 10 batters in a 6-1 win over the White Sox on Friday.

Shields was dominant, allowing just four hits and one walk. The lone run scored on a solo homer by Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the sixth inning. While the Royals will fall short in their efforts to make the postseason, Shields has done his job as the staff ace, posting a 3.15 ERA and 196/68 K/BB ratio over 228 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old right-hander is under team control for one more year.

James Shields SP KC 7 Months

James Shields (arm) played catch Monday and expects to be fine for his next scheduled start on Friday.

Shields has some swelling after taking a line drive off his pitching arm during Sunday's start. He remained in that game, though, and is in danger of being scratched Friday, especially if the Royals are still fighting for a playoff spot at that point.

James Shields SP KC 7 Months

James Shields shut out the Rangers for eight innings in a no-decision Sunday.

Shields had the big day despite striking out just two batters. But that's happened a few times this year; he's pitched a total of 22 scoreless innings in his three starts with less than three strikeouts. Shields didn't get the win for his latest strong effort; it's the sixth time this year he's allowed one or no runs and gotten a no-decision or a loss.