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. The Royals' front office took the occasion to exercise the club option on Shields' contract for $13.5 million next year. Shields was especially strong after the All-Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA to help the Royals get into playoff contention. Shields, who earlier Thursday won the Joe Burke Special Achievement Awarded presented by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, said he hasn't discussed a new contract with Royals general manager Dayton Moore. The Royals sent top prospect Wil Myers and a package of other minor leagues to the Rays to acquire him, and they weren't about to let him go after just one season in their rotation. "I feel good about it; I feel like I pitched well for them last year, and obviously over my career I've proven that I eat a lot of innings, and I'm just excited to be back and be a Royal and have a good season next year."
Royals pick up option on Burke Award winner Shields
The Royals exercised their club option on right-hander James Shields, who was also named winner of the 2013 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.