The end of the tortured story is what we expected. Shields would have been a nice cherry, but it was a great Cubs offseason nonetheless.
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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.)
The offseason is winding down, but the rumor mill keeps churning. Are the Padres looking likelier for James Shields?
Teams are rumored to be in on Shields, and then immediately out. The Dodgers might be the favorites on Moncada.
Villanueva is a pretty fantastic addition for the Cardinals on a no-risk, minor league deal. Grumble.
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 …
The national prominence of the Super Bowl underscores the increasing regionality of baseball. Also: another Yoan Moncada update.
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.
Rob Manfred spoke to a number of outlets this week, and shared some interesting thoughts on the future of the sport.
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?
Baker was a lot of fun in 2014, and now he’s off to the Mariners on a minor league deal.