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By Chris Zolli, Royals Correspondent, Thu, Jan 1st 12:52pm EST

The Yankees have made transactions this offseason to free up salary, trading Francisco Cervelli, Martin Prado, and Shawn Kelley while not aggressively pursuing Brandon McCarthy. They may use that saved money to sign James Shields. (Source: River Ave Blues)

Fantasy Impact: Shields pitched effectively in the AL East with the Rays over seven seasons, topping 200 IP each season and leading the Rays to three playoff appearances. He has been even better over the past four seasons, two with the Kansas City Royals, where he has posted a 3.17 ERA and averaged 227 IP. The Yankees need a stable workhorse at the top of the rotation as Hiroki Kuroda led the rotation in 2013 with only 199 IP and he is now pitching in Japan; in fact, the last time the Yankees had a pitcher with greater than 225 IP was CC Sabathia with 237 IP in 2011. Shields would give relief to a bullpen that had four pitchers with greater than 50 IP and would fill the void left by Shane Greene, Brandon McCarthy, David Phelps, and the aforementioned Kuroda. He is a top-20 SP on durability alone and playing for a Yankees team that always contends will only add to his value.

James Shields News & Advice

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Baseball Professor | Jan 27th, 10:00am
The last major free agent standing, James Shields is still one of the best pitchers in fantasy.
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Rotoworld | Jan 26th, 3:37pm
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Monday that he is still monitoring James Shields' free agency but does not expect to re-sign the right-hander.
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Rotoworld | Jan 23rd, 6:04pm
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are "still discussing" James Shields.
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Rotoworld | Jan 22nd, 11:39pm
Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Marlins "continue to be involved and are closely monitoring" the market for James Shields.
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Rotoworld | Jan 22nd, 10:36pm
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Thursday that the club is "out" on free agent right-hander James Shields.
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MLB.com | Jan 22nd, 9:01pm
Though James Shields remains a free agent and Cole Hamels still hasn't been traded by the Phillies, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington isn't expecting to make a marquee pitching acquisition before Spring Training.
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MLB.com | Jan 22nd, 4:09pm
Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the idea of re-signing free-agent starting pitcher James Shields has crossed his mind, but "at this point in time, it's doubtful."
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Rotoworld | Jan 22nd, 2:49pm
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres are on the "periphery" of the James Shields sweepstakes for now and are ultimately "unlikely to land him."
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MLB.com | Jan 22nd, 2:00pm
MLB.com's Jim Duquette takes an updated look at the top five most likely destinations for free-agent righty James Shields now that Max Scherzer has signed with the Nationals.
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MLB.com | Jan 22nd, 1:03pm
The Yankees are not expected to actively bid for free-agent right-hander James Shields, and as general manager Brian Cashman explained on Wednesday, that is partially because of the return of Alex Rodriguez.