Big deals typically take a while – they can come late in the offseason. Just never this late. James Shields is the biggest name left on the free agent market, but he’s taken what feels like eons to the baseball world to sign a deal. The wait, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, is almost over.

According to Morosi, Shields has multiple offers in hand and is expected to sign by the end of the week.

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reported that a major-league team believes the New York Yankees are likely involved due to Shields’ suddenly low price. Another major-league team reportedly has seen the San Diego Padres in discussions with Shields’ representatives.

Shields led the Royals to an AL Championship at the forefront of the pitching staff, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings pitched and 34 games. According to Morosi, Shields is expected to command about $76 million on a four-year deal.

Other names that have been thrown around as suitors for Shields are the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

-Will

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