James Shields rejected a bigger offer from the Giants before signing with the Padres

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Padres starter James Shields turned down a four-year, $80 million contract offer from the Giants a few weeks before signing for $5 million less in San Diego. Heyman adds that the offer was rescinded after the Giants signed Jake Peavy.

With the Giants out, the Cubs and Marlins remained the Padres’ only other serious contenders for the right-hander’s services.

Shields, 33, will join Andrew Cashner at the top of the rotation. He’s coming off of a season in which he finished with a 3.21 ERA and a 180/44 K/BB ratio in 227 innings, helping lead the Royals to the World Series. Shields has made at least 33 starts and thrown 200 innings in each of the last seven seasons.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.