The Padres officially announce the James Shields deal: it includes a fifth year team option

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The Padres officially announced the James Shields deal a few minutes ago. As we know, it’s a four-year contract for $75 million. What wasn’t official before was it includes a club option for 2019 to the tune of $16 million, making the total possible payout for Shields $91 million. There is no no-trade protection for Shields.

As we noted the other day: this deal, along with the many, many other deals the Padres made this offseason has transformed the team. While it doesn’t guarantee the playoffs, it certainly makes the Padres contenders.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.