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James Shields mum on contract talk

Posted: March 5, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 10:45 p.m.

Kansas City Royals pitcher and Hart graduate James Shields throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training game on Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City ace and Hart High graduate James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals’ 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Shields got his first extended action after throwing just 10 pitches in his first spring start.

“When you’re real young you come in here trying to fire the ball a little bit,” the 32-year-old right-hander said. “But I’ve eased my way into spring training every single year. We try to be real methodical and obviously it’s how your body feels. You’ve got to listen to your body as a pitcher. But right now we’ve just eased our way in and today was good.”

Shields is in the final year of his contract and there have been no talks with the Royals about a new deal.

If he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, he would be among the most attractive pitchers available and likely would command a triple-digit contract.

Shields said he doesn’t want to talk about his contract once the regular season begins.

“I’ve said before I like it here,” he said. “I like the city and I like the team and like where this organization is going. Obviously if they want to do something then I’m up for listening. But right now I’m just really focused on what I’m doing here in spring training and getting ready.”


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