The biggest name left on the free agent market is finally gone. According to multiple sources around the baseball world, the San Diego Padres have signed James Shields to a 4 year contract with a club option for the 5th year. Terms of the deal have not been announced yet, but it’s expected to be in the 70 million-dollar range.

This helps cap off what has been a major off-season for the Padres. The Shields signing also goes along with the Padres acquisitions of Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Will Myers, Will Middlebrooks, and Derek Norris.

The Padres now have a projected rotation of, Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Odrisamer Despaigne, and now of course Shields. Shields already has a house in the San Diego area, so that is also a plus.

Shields had 14 wins and 8 losses with a 3.21 earned run average and 180 strikeouts in 227 innings of work last year for the Kansas City Royals, who made the World Series.

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