Shields remains focused on continuing his playing career and recently completed throwing sessions in front of representatives from the Tigers, Indians and Rangers, Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network reports.
With 30-plus starts in all but one season since 2007, Shields could have some appeal to clubs as experienced, durable rotation depth, but that's about all he has working in his favor at this stage of his career. The 37-year-old hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA since 2015 and has seen his strikeout rate fall precipitously along with his velocity over the subsequent three years. Unless it's reported that he's added a few ticks to his heater in his workouts, there's little reason to be bullish about Shields' prospects should he resurface in the big leagues at any point in 2019.
The White Sox declined Shields' $16 million option for 2019, making him a free agent.
As expected, the White Sox opted to exercise their $2 million buyout of the veteran right-hander, who posted a 4.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 154:78 K:BB across 204.2 innings. Shields' prior major-league experience should help him find work elsewhere, though his days as a reliable fantasy asset appear to be behind him.
Shields allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Indians.
Shields was on the hook for a loss, but his teammates picked him up with a three-run ninth inning to pull out a 5-4 win. The outing pushed Shields to 204.2 innings for the season, the 10th 200-inning season for the 36-year-old. He finishes the season 7-16 with a 4.53 ERA, which is an improvement on the combined 5.60 ERA he posted over the previous two seasons. He enters the offseason as a free agent.
Shields pitched six innings Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in the win over Cleveland. He struck out one and gave up two home runs in the no-decision.
Despite allowing just two runs, it definitely wasn't a great start for Shields, allowing two homers for the third straight outing. On the bright side, he did avoid what would have been his 17th loss on the season. He'll carry a 4.48 ERA into a rematch with Cleveland on Tuesday.
Shields (7-16) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings Friday, securing the victory against the Orioles.
Shields gave up two solo home runs on the day, both to Trey Mancini, but he exited the ballgame with a 7-2 lead. Shields managed to bounce back from a rough start his last time out, in which he surrendered six runs and took the loss Saturday versus the Angels. He'll carry a 4.53 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 147 strikeouts into his next outing Thursday against Cleveland.
Shields (6-16) took the loss Saturday as the White Sox were routed 12-3 by the Angels, coughing up six runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.1 innings while striking out one.
Mike Trout took him deep twice, but Shields wasn't exactly sharp against the rest of the Angels' lineup, throwing only 44 of 78 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander will take a 4.58 ERA into his next start Friday in Baltimore.
Shields (6-15) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six as he secured the win Sunday against Boston.
Shields turned in a stellar performance against a tough Boston starting nine, as he recorded a quality start and threw 57 of 93 pitches for strikes. The 36-year old has looked sharp over his previous two outings, allowing just two runs across 11.2 frames while punching out nine. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next assignment Saturday against the Angels.
Shields allowed two runs on four hits and four walks across 5.2 innings during Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees. He struck out three and did not factor in the decision.
Shields exited the game in line for the win with a 4-2 lead, but the White Sox bullpen collapsed over the final two innings. The 36-year-old has a 4.54 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 176.1 innings, and next has a tough matchup against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Shields (5-15) pitched 6.2 innings Thursday, yielding seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in the 7-2 loss to Detroit. He struck out five and allowed three home runs while taking the loss.
Shields held the Tigers off the board in the first three innings before things unfolded. He was taken deep for three solo shots in the sixth inning and was eventually lifted in the seventh after a two-run double by Jim Adduci. The ugly outing bumps his season ERA to 4.59 in 170.2 innings. Shields will have a tough matchup against the Yankees on Tuesday in New York.
Shields (5-14) allowed three runs on six hits in a win over the Royals on Friday, striking out five and walking two in seven innings.
Shields has thrown three consecutive quality starts and now has a total of 16 quality starts on the year. The veteran right-hander has the second-most losses (14) in the majors and sports an elevated 4.39 ERA, but otherwise his peripheral numbers are pretty decent. Shields carries a 1.28 WHIP and a .238 batting average against while sporting a 7.0 K/9. His next start will be against the Twins at home.
Shields (4-14) gave up three runs (two earned) and seven hits in seven innings but took the loss Saturday. He struck out four and walked none.
The veteran righty worked through rough command, posting just 59 strikes on 94 pitches. On the positive side, Shields has gobbled up innings for a club playing out the string, failing to pitch into the sixth inning just once in his past nine starts. Across the previous eight before this one, he struck out 50 in 50 frames, which proves he can be useful in some fantasy settings. He might provide more streamer appeal Friday versus the Royals.
Shields allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six over six innings, but he didn't factor into the decision Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Shields left the game with a 5-4 lead after tossing 114 pitches (67 strikes), but the Rays would tie the game in the seventh to eliminate his chance for the victory. The 36-year-old has struggled to find the win column of late, notching just one through his previous seven outings. Shields will head into next Saturday's outing against Cleveland with a 4.50 ERA and 118 strikeouts across 150 innings.
Shields (4-13) struck out eight and walked three in Tuesday's loss to the Royals, allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings.
Shields tossed four scoreless innings before giving up a couple two-run homers, one in the fifth inning and the other in the seventh. Shields now has the second-most losses in the majors (trailing only Baltimore's Alex Cobb who has 14), yet his 1.29 WHIP and .237 batting average against are both respectable figures. The veteran has been a victim of the home run -- giving up 20 on the year -- while sporting a run-of-the-mill 112:56 K:BB in 144 innings. He will next face off with the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Shields (4-12) allowed six runs on seven hits, including three home runs, and three walks while striking out seven over four-plus innings in Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Angels.
Shields struck out six batters over the first two innings, but gave up solo homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. He danced around trouble in the third and fourth innings before the Angels caught up with him in the fifth. Entering the night, Shields had six quality starts in his previous eight games and had managed to limit the long ball during that run. If he's not dealt prior to the trade deadline, the right-hander will look to rebound next Tuesday at home against the Royals.
Shields (4-11) got the loss against the Mariners on Friday, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking one in a 3-1 defeat.
It was a hard-luck defeat for the veteran right-hander, who posted a strong final stat line but was still dealt the loss as his teammates could only manage one run off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc. Shields is difficult to rely on at this point in his career, as he hasn't posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2015, but he's been on a nice run of late with two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five outings. He'll take the mound next against the Angels next Wednesday.
Shields (4-10) picked up the win in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Royals, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out seven.
The veteran threw 67 of 109 pitches for strikes as he bounced back from a brutal performance in Houston in his last start. Shields will take a 4.43 ERA into the All-Star break, but even that mediocre number overstates how well he's actually pitched this season -- he's given up eight unearned runs in his last five starts.
Shields (3-10) allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks while striking out nine across 5.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Astros.
Shields was crushed by the Astros all game, allowing at least one run in four of the six innings he pitched. He was bitten by the long ball, though this was the first time he had allowed multiple home runs in five starts. Shields had allowed only seven earned runs in 31.1 innings across those five starts, so his recent track record indicates he deserves the benefit of the doubt after going up against one of the best offenses in the league Saturday.
Shields allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Reds.
Shields, who overcame a rocky first inning that included a leadoff homer, a single and two walks, left after 88 pitches with a 2-1 lead. It was the fourth quality start in the last five outings for the 36-year-old right-hander, who lowered his ERA to 3.15 over the last 10 starts. He'll see a tougher opponent the next time out when he takes the mound Saturday against the Astros.
Shields (3-9) tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits and two walks with five strikeouts to earn the victory Wednesday against the Twins.
Shields used 13 groundball outs to take down the Twins in his first scoreless start of the season. He's starting to find a rhythm over the past month and change, as he now has seven quality starts in his last nine outings, a stretch in which he owns a 45:19 K:BB and 3.36 ERA over 59 innings. It's been a long time since we've seen Shields pitch well this consistently, and it would be understandable if fantasy owners are slow to believe, but this is finally starting to look like, if not vintage Shields, the pitcher who was still a solid mid-rotation option back in Kansas City half a decade ago. He'll start again Monday against the Reds.
Shields (2-9) took the loss against the Athletics in the first game of Friday's doubleheader, lasting 4.2 innings while allowing eight runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out four.
A one-out fielding error in the second inning led to four of the unearned runs crossing the plate. A fielding error and a wild pitch in the fifth created the other two. Shields did little to help himself even considering the defensive miscues, though, and remains a risky start in most fantasy formats.
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