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Royals Exercise Shields’ Option For 2014

Associated Press - November 1, 2013 4:42 am

Royals 5, Giants 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Royals have exercised their $13.5 million option on right hander James Shields for 2014 after he anchored one of the league’s best starting rotations last season.

Shields, acquired last off season in a trade from Tampa Bay, went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA and an AL leading 228 2/3 innings. He was especially good after the All Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA to help the Royals get into playoff contention.

Kansas City went 43-27 after the break to finish 86-76, its best record since 1989.

The decision to exercise Shields’ option, which needed to be made within three days of the end of the World Series, was mostly a formality.

Earlier in the day, Shields won the Joe Burke Special Achievement Awarded presented by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.