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It turns out there’s another wrinkle to James Shields’ deal with the Padres: an opt-out clause.
The Cubs had interest at one time, but things have changed since then. The Phillies would be best served making a deal soon, but will they actually do it?
It still sounds like a decision is coming much sooner than would put the Cubs in the race.
There are not words to properly describe the knowing absurdity of this video. I really want a Cubs version.
The money was actually extremely close, and Shields chose the better fit. I still don’t register too much disappointment.
Every win is going to count in the NL Central this year, so any impact to the Brewers here is notable.
One of the best stories of last year now has a decidedly unhappy ending. You just feel terrible for the kids.
Given where we are in the offseason, there’s a surprising amount to discuss.
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.
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 …