Free-agent pitcher James Shields will make a decision about where he will pitch in the coming season by the end of this week.
Shields rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals after helping the team reach the World Series. Earlier this offseason, FOX Sports reported that Shields had a five-year, $110 million offer on the table from an unknown team.
Shields, 33, went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 80 strikeouts, 44 walks in 34 starts last year and has pitched 200 or more innings in each of the past eight seasons. He made four starts during the Royals' postseason run to the World Series but failed to reach the seventh inning in any of those starts, posting a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings.
Shields has a 114-90 record and 3.72 ERA in nine MLB seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City.
- Scooby Axson