All reasonable signs out there point to Shields going to the Padres. But no deal is done yet. More thoughts on Shields and the Padres, and Shields and the Cubs. (UPDATES on negotiations.)
Chicago Cubs Rumors
If the Cubs could get Shields at the right deal, it sounds like they’d do it. But it also sounds like the Padres make the most sense. Lots more in this morning’s update.
The offseason is winding down, but the rumor mill keeps churning. Are the Padres looking likelier for James Shields?
We’re just a couple weeks out from pitchers and catchers reporting, but it sounds like moves remain on the table.
This is a pretty significant development and a surprising turn. The Cubs may only be “kicking the tires” at this point, but that’s still something.
Teams are rumored to be in on Shields, and then immediately out. The Dodgers might be the favorites on Moncada.
Feliciano would be a no-risk flyer, and the latest addition in an increasingly-crowded bullpen competition.
Shields is reportedly expected to sign by the end of this week as he sorts out his offers. Grumble, grumble, Cardinals, grumble.
We’ll finally find out just how the market for the 19-year-old Cuban super prospect will shake out.
Huge contracts tend not to be signed in February. But if a guy like Shields has to take a serious price cut, it seems like many teams would figure out a way to accommodate him in the budget.
It sure feels like this is the week James Shields should sign, but we still know so little about where and for how much. As his price tag continues to fall … no. I won’t go there. Well, maybe a little …
OFAC won’t be issuing the specific license MLB was requiring Cuban players to get, so it’s apparently up to MLB to change its policy, which could happen soon.
A superprospect’s future is up in the air as MLB and the U.S. Government try to come together on how Cuban players will be cleared to sign.
More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.
Maybe the age, the draft pick compensation, and the robust pitching market next year should have been warning signs all along. Can the Cubs get a steal?
There are some crazy things going on behind the scenes, and they could lead to Moncada finally being available soon. That’s probably not great news.
The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the impending changes thereto, could have Moncada caught in the middle.
With each day that goes by without a big-time extension, the post-2015 pitching class becomes potentially more ridiculous.