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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that James Shields can opt out of his contract with the Padres after two years.
It's a nice perk but one Shields is ultimately unlikely to use. He'll make just $31 million in the first two years of the deal, so he'd be forfeiting a total of $44 million over the next two years if you include the buyout of his 2019 option. It's hard to see Shields getting a new deal worth that much given that he'll be 35 at that point. Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

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Padres signed RHP James Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract with a club option for 2019.

The deal was reported early Monday morning and it's now official. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract information, which includes the $16 million club option. Shields originally hoped to land a free agent deal worth in excess of $100 million, but the end result isn't all that bad. He'll get to pitch close to home while making half of his starts in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the game. Shields has a very good chance of being a top-25 starter in mixed fantasy leagues in 2015. There's reason for excitement in San Diego.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

James Shields' new four-year contract with the Padres carries $75 million guaranteed.

That includes the buyout on the $16 million club option for 2019. Shields opened the offseason with an asking price in the five-year, $125 million range, but it became clear over time that no team was going to make that kind of commitment to the 33-year-old right-hander. He still did pretty well for himself and is poised to put up excellent numbers in his first taste of the National League. San Diego's Petco Park has remained very kind to pitchers through recent renovations of the outfield walls.
Feb 9 - 10:57 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that the Cubs weren't willing to go beyond three guaranteed years for James Shields.

Chicago's final offer was a three-year deal with a vesting option for 2018, and his final proposal from the Marlins had a very similar structure. Shields instead signed a four-year contract with the Padres that carries an option for 2019. It's believed to be worth $72-78 million.
Feb 9 - 10:05 AM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Padres have signed James Shields to a four-year deal.

The writing has been on the wall for several days, and now the contract is only pending a physical. Cotillo says the total guaranteed value of the four-year agreement will be in the $72-78 million range, and there's also an option for 2019. It's another big offseason splash for the Padres, who have been incredibly active under new general manager A.J. Preller. Shields, 33, should have a great amount of fantasy value in pitcher-friendly San Diego.
Feb 9 - 2:09 AM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Padres most recent offer to free agent hurler James Shields was four years and between $72 and $80 million.

On the surface it seems like a very fair offer and one that Shields would be wise to accept. There are several other teams rumored to be in the mix for his services, but industry sources believe that it would be an upset if Shields wound up anyplace else at this point.
Feb 8 - 8:36 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that "it would be a big upset" if James Shields doesn't sign with the Padres.

Passan adds that "multiple general managers who have inquired on Shields believe he ends up in San Diego." The Cubs have been seen as a potential dark horse to swoop in and land the righty, but Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com says they're "still a long shot." Shields is expected to make a decision on Sunday or Monday, and all signs are pointing to him picking the Padres. Those in the industry have speculated to Passan that Shields is likely to get a four-year deal in the $72-75 million range.
Feb 8 - 12:38 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres made their last and final contract offer to James Shields on Saturday.

Lin expects the right-hander to make a decision on the offer either Sunday or Monday. Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM has said he anticipates Shields to sign with San Diego within the next 48 hours. The Cubs, Marlins, Blue Jays and Cardinals have also been connected to Shields, but the Padres certainly appear to be the heavy favorites to lock up the right-hander.
Feb 8 - 10:22 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that James Shields "was considering a contract offer from the Padres as recently as the last 12 hours."

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Saturday that the Padres have been told several teams remain "heavily involved" in the bidding for Shields. However, it certainly feels like San Diego will end up with the righty and the two sides are just haggling over the price at this point. Pitching half his games at Petco Park would certainly boost Shields' fantasy value.
Feb 8 - 9:58 AM

The Padres have been told several teams remain "heavily involved" in the bidding for free agent James Shields, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale notes that the Padres remain the favorites and that they want him "badly." They've been described as the frontrunners by a number of different outlets, and his interest in pitching in southern California makes them an understandable match. Things don't appear over, though -- Shields is said to have the Padres' final offer in his hands, and nothing has moved yet. A team could still make a late run at the 33-year-old.
Feb 7 - 5:10 PM

According to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, James Shields and the Padres are believed to be at an impasse after several hours of negotiations.

Miller notes that the ball is now believed to be in Shields' court, indicating that the Padres have made their best and final offer. The veteran right-hander's market has been very slow to develop this winter, so he may need to lower his expectations and salary demands slightly. For fantasy purposes, there would be no better landing spot for him than San Diego.
Feb 7 - 3:53 PM

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report reports that talks are heating up between the Padres and free agent right-hander James Shields.

Miller indicates that the talks between the two sides are gaining momentum and that the veteran hurler likes the idea of pitching in San Diego. A move to the National League, and especially to the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, would do wonders for Shields' fantasy value.
Feb 7 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that "there is a growing sense" among those in the James Shields talks that the righty "will probably land with the Padres."

It goes along with what USA Today's Bob Nightengale and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported on Thursday. Shields lives in San Diego and wants to sign with a West Coast team, and it appears at this point that the Padres are the lone club on that coast seriously pursuing the right-hander. The Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays have also expressed some degree of interest in Shields, but it's sounding like the Padres are the team to beat here. Shields is expected to sign somewhere by the end of the week.
Feb 6 - 11:43 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Padres "have to be considered favorites" to sign James Shields.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has also said the Padres "appear to be among the favorites" for the right-hander. It doesn't come as a surprise, as they've been mentioned as a possible landing spot and Shields makes his home in San Diego. Heyman adds that Shields might have to wind up settling for a contract "perhaps a bit more" that Ervin Santana's $55 million deal. It would be a big drop from his nine-figure asking price from earlier this offseason. The Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays also have some degree of interest in Shields.
Feb 5 - 10:01 PM

David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports the Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent James Shields.

Shields' market is believed to have grown as his price has come down, and the Cubs are believed to be one of the teams the 33-year-old is considering. The Cubs have already given their rotation an overhaul this winter, adding Jon Lester and reuniting with Jason Hammel, but Shields would solidify the group as one of the best in the National League. The Marlins and Padres are two teams thought to be vying for Shields' services as well. Indications are that he'll make a decision as early as the end of this week.
Feb 4 - 11:17 PM

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1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
3Jake Goebbert
4Brett Wallace
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Ramiro Pena
3Taylor Lindsey
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Yangervis Solarte
3Cory Spangenberg
4Josh Bell
LF1Justin Upton
2Carlos Quentin
3Rymer Liriano
CF1Wil Myers
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
4Trayvon Robinson
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
3Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
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3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Robbie Erlin
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Nick Vincent
7Alex Torres
8Scott Elbert
9Jose Valverde
10Frank Garces
11Leonel Campos
12Chris Rearick
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