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Padres Sign RHP James Shields to 4-Year Deal 

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Just when you thought the big offseason signings were done, the Padres knock you out of bed with another one.

The San Diego Padres have reportedly signed All-Star RHP James Shields to a 4-year deal with a club option for a fifth year. The deal is likely to be worth approximately $72MM to $78MM. The news has not yet been officially announced by the Padres as of this posting, but the news broke via Chris Cotillo on Twitter late Sunday night. Needless to say, people are absolutely excited about this move.

Shields, a 33-year old veteran with a lifetime 3.72 ERA and 114-90 record, was an All-Star in 2011 and most recently appeared in the 2014 World Series with the Kansas City Royals. Shields became a free-agent at the closing of the 2014 season after leading the Royals into their first World Series in 29 years.

James was a 16th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays back in 2000, and finished third in Cy Young voting back in 2011 when he threw 11 complete games for Tampa Bay. Shields also brings an impressive resume that includes plenty of Postseason experience. Shields has appeared in three American League Division Series, Two American League Championship Series and Two World Series. In the Postseason, however, Shields posts a 3-6 Record with a 5.46 ERA in 11 games.

With the addition of Shields, the Padres now have one of the more dominant starting rotations in Major League Baseball. The revamped Padres are but a huge, revolutionized and domineering shadow of their former selves – by that, of course, I mean they look so much more threatening and powerful on paper than they have in recent years.

Shields joins a San Diego Padres team that now includes Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, and Brandon Morrow.

Change is always good, and it appears that there is change a plenty to be had in San Diego.

More information as the story becomes official and unfolds will be posted here, on The Friarhood.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!