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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals ace James Shields is open to staying in
Kansas City beyond this season.
That news should make the thousands of fans, already flying high over
the teams strong finish a year ago, feel even better as they turned out
for their annual FanFest on Friday.
The Royals exercised their $13.5 million option on Shieldss contract
shortly after going 86-76 last season, their best finish since 1989. The
durable right-hander was a big reason behind the success, going 13-9
with a 3.15 ERA in an American League-leading 228.2 innings.
Shields told a small group of reporters at Bartle Hall that he was
willing to discuss an extension, but he said those talks with general
manager Dayton Moore have not taken place.
"Id definitely be open-minded to it," Shields said. "A player in my
position, where I have one more year left before free agency, I mean, Im
definitely open to it. I like Kansas City. I like the organization and I
like the direction were going."
If Shields went to the open market, its unlikely that the Royals would
be a player in the chase. There were reports this off-season that he
would seek a contract similar to that of former Royals star
Zack Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers
"Thats absolutely not true at all," Shields said. "I have no clue where
he got that from, to be honest with you. Ive had no discussions with
Dayton at all.
"If Dayton wants to talk about it, Im more than willing to sit and talk
about it. But during the season, my main focus is trying to win games
and get some wins for this team."
Pitchers and catchers are due to report to Surprise, Ariz., for the
start of spring training on Feb. 14. The first full-squad workout is
Most of the Royals key pieces return from last season, when they
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Milwaukee for right field Norichika Aoki and signing Omar Infante to
solidify second base.
"I didnt think our defence could get any better," Shields said, "but
theyre definitely filling some holes that we had. And theyre great
additions to our lineup."
Then theres the starting rotation, where Ervin Santana has become a free
agent. While the right-hander has yet to sign elsewhere, the Royals
appeared to move on when they signed left-hander Jason Vargas to a
contract early in the off-season.
Along with Jeremy Guthrie, the first three spots in the rotation are
set. That leaves two up for grabs among a handful of candidates,
including starters-turned-relievers Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar,
veteran Bruce Chen, left-hander Danny Duffy and flame-thrower
"Ive just been working hard, resting my arm," said Ventura, who had a
3.52 ERA in three late-season starts in Kansas City. "Ive just been
getting ready because I want to get out there and make the team."
That doesnt figure to be an easy task given the glut of competition.
"Its a competitive game anyway," Davis said. "Why not do it from within a
Davis said that he spent the off-season in the weight room, and
pronounced himself more ready for this season than any previous year. He
also said that hes already been throwing some bullpen sessions, giving
him a head start on reporting for spring training.
"Im definitely going in to start," said Davis, who began last season in
the rotation but was demoted to the bullpen when he proved ineffective.
"Hopefully I get that opportunity."