The reported contract between James Shields and San Diego generates a variety of storylines, from the union of Shields and former trade partner Wil Myers to the final touches of revamped Padres roster to the opportunity for Shields to pitch in the city he calls home during the winter.
But for the Royals, the most meaningful aspect of the deal is the club will officially receive a compensatory first-round draft pick. This outcome was always expected, but it arrived after a delay.
Shields agreed to a four-year pact worth $75 million, according to The Associated Press. The cash outlay falls somewhat shy of the initial industry estimates for Shields, but he still managed to finagle a sizable commitment for a 33-year-old pitcher. His next best offer appeared to be a three-year, $60 million contract from the Cubs, the New York Post reported.
The Royals engaged in preliminary discussions with Shields, but stepped aside when they found his desire for a five-year contract outside their financial threshold, according to people familiar with the situation.
The Royals devoted their resources to free-agent Edinson Volquez, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal. They also brought in designated hitter Kendrys Morales and outfielder Alex Rios. The team’s salary is expected to surpass $110 million, a new franchise record.