Shields gets qualifying offer

Royals right-hander James Shields, as expected, is now among the Major Leaguers to be extended a qualifying offer.

Kansas City made the $15.3 million offer official on Monday. Shields now has until the 5 p.m. ET deadline on November 10 to decline or accept the offer. If he declines and opts to sign with another club, the Royals will receive a compensatory pick in the 2015 Draft.

Shields is expected to decline the offer and become one of the most sought-after free agent pitchers on the market this winter, though it does not necessarily rule out a return to Kansas City.

The 32-year-old righty helped pace the Royals to the postseason for the first time in 29 years this season. He went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in the regular season, but went just 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA in five playoff starts.

In two years with the Royals, Shields has won 27 games in 68 starts, with a 3.18 ERA. He’s thrown at least 227 innings in both seasons.

— Joey Nowak

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