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James Shields gets a $750,000 bonus for being traded

Dec 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last night James Shields described himself as “shocked” by the Rays trading him to the Royals, saying he was excited about the new opportunity but also sad that his family would be leaving their home for the past seven years.

As part of Shields’ contract he’s getting a little pain-killer, with Jon Morosi of reporting that the right-hander will receive a $750,000 bonus for being traded.

Shields has already earned $17 million during his career and is set to make $21 million in the next two seasons, but “here’s an extra $750,000” is always nice.

  1. illcomm - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    that bonus is the tax difference. same thing young did coming from texas

    • Caught Looking - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Young was a 10/5 player and had no trade protection and leverage it to get the additional compensation. Shields had this clause in his last deal. It’s not the same situation.

      • blacksables - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        How did Young have no trade protection? A 5/10 has automatic trade protection.

      • Caught Looking - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Semantics. As a 10/5 player he had ‘no trade’ protection.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I suspect that Shields will get more run support in KC than he would have received in Tampa Bay next year.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Which Doctor can get me that prescription? It’s like a super Community Chest card from Monopoly….

  4. quizguy66 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Five differet articles involving the Royals on the front page has to be some sort of HBT record, right?

  5. tampajoey - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    What did Shields expect the Rays to do? Nothing? And then lose him in free agency and get nothing in return. Come on… Lebron James taught Front Offices that lesson.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Considering free agents have been signing with other teams when their time comes for years prior to LeBron, I don’t think Lebron taught anybody anything. Not to mention Pujols would have been a better BASEBALL related example to use. :-) Just sayin’

      • tampajoey - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        Nah, Lebron is the poster child for prima donna diva’s that hold their team hostage while knowing all along they’re going to screw them over without giving the FO any indication to prepare for their departure.

  6. vegagreenleaf - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    What is wrong with all you peoplepeople? Next SAT question…

    James Shields is to Lebron James as:

    A: Snow leopard is to goose.

    Point being this is the worst comparison ever. Lebron is possibly the best in his sport in the world. Shields may not be the best pitcher in an atrocious rotation.

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