Royals pitcher James Shields isn’t sure how to react to comments by former teammate Evan Longoria about the “better mental state” of the Tampa Bay clubhouse.

Longoria told the Tampa Bay Times that the offseason departures of Shields and now-Atlanta outfielder B.J. Upton provide a benefit in helping the Rays to break with their past.

“It’s disappointing,” Shields said. “I’m a little bit surprised. Evan is a great player, but I really don’t know what he’s talking about. I really don’t, and I’m being honest with you.”

Longoria said “there was a lot of history with B.J. and Shields and this organization” because of their association with the franchise in its Devil Rays’ days.

“Bottom line,” Longoria said, “we don’t have guys in here anymore that knew how it was. There’s no, ‘It was ... It used to be…’ It’s all here and now. And what we’re doing now. And that’s the biggest thing.”

Longoria’s comments, Shields said, came as a complete surprise.

“I don’t know where he was coming from with that,” Shields said, “but, frankly, I really don’t care. I’m more worried about the Kansas City Royals, and what we’re doing here.

“I felt my time in Tampa Bay was a good time. I felt my leadership over there was sufficient. But I’m moving on. This is my team over here.”