Cheap Game Used – James Shields
Player’s Name: Jame Shields
Player’s Position: P – Starter
Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay D…. Rays
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.45 on eBay
Set it’s from: 2007 Fleer Ultra
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for a very cheap $8.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.
Why I like this card: By now if you read my posts, you know I have a big time man crush on Jame Shields. Much like Mario’s crush on Andrew Miller (except Shields isn’t quite so wild). I think if Shields was on another team, you would see him in a different light. It’s tough to like a guy that is on such a bad team, but give them another year and they will be battling the Yankees for second place in the east. James though, what a gamer, he really came on last season when he went 12-8/3.85/1.107. What those numbers don’t show is how electric his stuff can be. He is definitively one of those pitchers that I could easily line up and pay to see pitch. I only wish I knew about him, when he was still in Durham.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: I think over time, he is going to be one hell of a pitcher. Not a Hall of Fame pitcher, but I think he is going to win a lot of games and at some point might even be regarded as one of the premier pitchers in the AL. My only hope for him is that at some point in his career, he has the sense to jump ship and get on a real contender and I hope it’s before he losses his desire to win (from being on the Rays). My real hope is that the Yankees line up and offer the Rays a ton to get him, I think he is that good. In the end though, he’ll find his way over to the Mets, after all the Rays owe them,for stealing Scott Kazmir.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: Right now, I’d say no, but give him a few seasons and see where he is, he might just surprise you.