Late Sunday night/early Monday morning, word came down that James Shields had reportedly reached a deal with a new team, according to Chris Cotillo:
It became evident quite a while ago that San Diego was likely to be where Shields would end up. He’s a California native who reportedly expressed interest in pitching in his home state and the bigger-market teams seemed uninterested.
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The Royals acquired Shields and Wade Davis as part of a seven-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in December 2012. Royals general manager Dayton Moore took a lot of heat with dealing super-prospect Wil Myers to Tampa, but the criticism faded last October when the Royals advanced to the World Series.
During his two seasons with the Royals, Shields was 27-17 with a 3.72 ERA in 455 2/3 innings.
In a strange twist, Shields’ teammate is Myers, whom San Diego acquired in a trade this offseason.
Padres fans, who already saw their team acquire Myers, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton this offseason were pretty happy:
By the way, Shields has a career .213 batting average, but he hit .300 with the Royals and a .700 OPS.
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