Royals “haven’t discussed James Shields for a while now”

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James Shields finally appears close to making a decision, with multiple reports suggesting that he has long-term offers in hand and could choose a team by the end of this week.

There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the process, but it sounds like Shields re-signing with the Royals can be crossed off the list.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals officials “say they haven’t discussed Shields for a while now” and are “focused on” getting the draft pick compensation for his departure.

Kansas City acquired Shields from Tampa Bay in 2013–along with Wade Davis–and he made 34 starts in both seasons with the Royals, logging a total of 456 innings with a 3.18 ERA.