The San Diego Padres’ incredible offseason continued Sunday night as reports surfaced that they had agreed to a four-year deal with veteran right-hander James Shields. San Diego had been the favorite to land the 33-year-old starter for about a week and general manager A.J. Preller was apparently able to close the deal.
Chris Cotillo broke the news and says the four-year deal is in the $72-$78 million range. There is an reportedly an option for a fifth year. The contract is only pending a physical. Shields made it known he wanted to pitch on the West Coast, and he lives in Rancho Santa Fe, which is about a 30 minute drive from Petco Park. He will now join one of the most stunning roster transformations in baseball history.