(CBS) Right-hander James Shields has signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed the deal, which includes an option year and is believed to be between $72 million and $76 million. For some time, San Diego was widely viewed as the favorite to land Shields.
padres do have a deal with shields confirmed. @ChrisCotillo was 1st, said was 4 yrs and option— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 9, 2015
The Cubs also had interest in signing Shields before he agreed to a deal with the Padres, but the price range appeared to be too much for Chicago has it already inked left-hander Jon Lester to a $155-million deal earlier this offseason.
cubs offered shields 3 years plus vesting option late. they spent 175M on SP (lester 155), werent going to be in mid 70s.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 9, 2015
Shields, 33, was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA for the Royals last season.