Royals will “make a run” at re-signing James Shields


Jon Heyman of has the report …

The Royals, who have been presumed to be a long shot to bring back ace James Shields, have decided they will indeed at least make a run at re-signing him, people familiar with the situation say.

Heyman believes the Royals’ postseason run — the first for K.C. since 1985 — “enhances their chances” of signing Shields to a long-term free agent contract because it “will bolster their revenues big-time.”

But a large majority of the money generated during MLB’s playoffs is divided among the players or goes directly to the commissioner’s office, so it’s difficult to buy into the idea that the Royals are suddenly going to be ready to spend wildly after one successful October. They can probably count on a nice boost in ticket sales for 2015 and beyond, but Shields is going to be seeking top dollar on the open market and many deep-pocketed teams — like the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, and Dodgers — will be seeking a front-line starter.

Shields is probably a goner, and that’s not necessarily a terrible thing for Kansas City. This is not the type of club that should be committing $100 million to one player, and “Big Game James” isn’t even really an ace.