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The Year James Shields Was Different

Three winters ago, we got into a lot of arguments about James Shields. He was at the center of a very polarizing trade and people took sides. You remember it, so I won’t rehash things other than to remark on how funny it is that the James Shields-Wil Myers blockbuster has actually become the Wade Davis trade. Wade Davis! The guy who gave up 5.92 runs per nine in the season following...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

An August Deal Swapping Panda For Shields?

Panda (L), Shields (R)—(Getty Images)Dave Cameron of offers up an interesting August trade idea—pretty much along the lines we suggested earlier today. Cameron points out that Boston and San Diego were negotiating some sort of 'block-buster' deal at the July deadline (likely with the Cubs as a third party), and thus might be tempted to re-visit things in August...
Via FenwayNation
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Padres just blow the whole thing up?

No team made more noise this past offseason than the San Diego Padres, engaging in seemingly endless roster turnover in hopes of putting a contending team on the field. It was either going to be a spectacular success or a spectacular failure; either way, it’d be spectacular. Things haven’t gone exactly as general manager A.J. Preller planned. The Padres are putrid on offense...
Via The Outside Corner
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

James Shields on his Changeup, Longevity, and Age

Look at James Shields‘ stats this year and you might get a David Wooderson vibe. He keeps getting older and his stats stay the same. This year, the 33-year-old is even at career highs in ways that tend to become meaningful quickly. Some of it is about staying the same, sure, but there have been […]
Via Fangraphs
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

James Shields set to anchor the San Diego Padres rotation

Everyone stop what they’re doing, the San Diego Padres have done it, yet again! They’ve signed someone new, someone to contribute to the growing franchise. James Shields was signed just recently, previously he was a free-agent pitcher, but has now made his way to the San Diego Padres. We could talk about how much of a great asset Shields will be to the Padres, but I think before...
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: The next target

Troy Tulowitzki So, the Padres have been busy. On Wednesday, the Padres continued to add to their best offseason in club history, signing free agent right-hander James Shields. After a couple days of posturing, the two sides reached an agreement on a 4-year, $75 million dollar contract with an option for a fifth year. The Padres get the reliable ace they need if they want to be...
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cubs were the runner-up for James Shields

The Chicago Cubs were very close to signing James Shields this winter. How close? Well, according to Shields himself, Chicago was the runner-up to the Padres for his services. James Shields just said on @Mighty1090 that his decision came down to the Cubs and Padres. — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 12, 2015 Earlier reports had the Cubs’ offer for Shields at three years...
Via The Outside Corner
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Should off-season winner/loser recaps be ignored?

With James Shields finally signing, the off-season is probably closed for business now. Sure, there are a few veteran relievers still out there, and Rickie Weeks still has to find a new home, but most of the money has been spent and the trades have been made. We’ll see a few more deals in Spring […]
Via Fangraphs
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

What does signing of James Shields mean for the Padres?

It took until early February, and it came at a lower cost than he initially anticipated, but James Shields finally has a long-term home, as he signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth at least $75 million. The 33-year-old California native will remain near his hometown, while also becoming the latest addition to a Padres team that has experienced a complete overhaul...
Via The Outside Corner
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

James Shields to sign with Padres

Free agent pitcher James Shields has reportedly reached an agreement to sign a four-year deal with the San Diego Padres.’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Padres will pay Shields roughly $75 million over four years with an option for a fifth year. A verbal agreement between the two sides was reached late Sunday night. Shields,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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