Shields, who will be 33 on Opening Day, will reportedly draw a five year deal worth between $80 and $110 million, similar the the four year, $70 million deal that I proposed. The Royals are interested in retaining Shields, but when he reaches the open market, it is unlikely that he will be in the price range for the team.
With Shields still pitching for the Royals, how are the Red Sox the favorite? Maybe McCullough has spoken to Shields. Maybe the Red Sox are just prepared to offer the most money. Who knows; it seems a little early to be doing this, though.
Shields does not have good stats while pitching at Fenway, but a big part of that is because he was facing a potent Red Sox lineup. John Lackey did not have great Fenway numbers before coming to Boston, but by the time he was traded, he was a better pitcher at home than on the road.
He was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 2014, but had a rough outing in the ALCS last night, surrendering four runs over five innings while striking out only three.
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