According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the San Diego Padres have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to sign the elusive starting pitcher James Shields, who has taken an
above average incredibly long time to sign this offseason.
Shields would take the number one spot in San Diego’s rotation and be an important veteran presence on a young and promising team, who are all newly assembled after San Diego’s slew of moves.
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, and he would provide a true ace for San Diego.
However, talks have stalled over the last 48 hours, and a deal is nowhere near done – but Shields is closer to San Diego than he has been to any other team all offseason long.
Other possible suitors include the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields is expected to command a four-year deal worth more than $70 million.