Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears from a source that the most recent offer made by the Padres to free agent starter James Shields was a four-year deal between $72-80 million. The Padres are currently considered the favorites to sign Shields.
Shields, 33, is expected to sign soon. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests his decision could come by Monday.
A four-year deal would take Shields through his age-37 season. Over the past four seasons, he has ranked among the game’s best starters, owning a 3.17 ERA and an 824/235 K/BB ratio over 932 2/3 innings. Only 12 starters (min. 600 innings since 2011) have posted a better ERA.