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The Chicago Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent pitcher James Shields. Shields will reportedly make a decision about which team he will join by the end of the week.

By SI Wire
February 05, 2015

The Chicago Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent pitcher James Shields, according to a report from David Kaplan of Comcast SportsNet.

Shields will reportedly make a decision about which team he will join by the end of the week.

After helping the Kansas City Royals reach the World series in 2014, Shields rejected the team's one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer.

Shields, 33, posted a 3.21 ERA with 180 strikeouts and 44 walks over 227 innings during the the 2014 regular season.

The Cubs went 73-89 and finished in last place in the National League Central this season. 

In December, the Cubs signed free-agent pitcher Jon Lester to a six year, $155 million contract.

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