Via beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune …
Sounds like James Shields’ decision could now come either today or Mon. Believe he was told early Saturday that Padres had made final offer.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 8, 2015
It’s almost a consensus by now that Shields is going to wind up in San Diego, but there are obviously other teams in the mix or the 33-year-old right-hander would have already signed with the Padres. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro says the Marlins have “remained aggressive til the end” and the Cubs are also thought to be involved.
Shields had a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 180/44 K/BB ratio in 227 innings last year for the Royals.
He has made 30 starts or more in eight straight seasons.