The San Diego Padres continue their winter shopping spree, this time adding free agent pitcher James “Big Game” Shields. After being out on the market longer than expected, the 33-year-old pitcher finally found a home in San Diego signing for a franchise-record $75 million.
Shields is by no means the best pitcher on the planet, but as his time on the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals showed, he wins ball games. Padres GM A.J. Preller is now an early front-runner for executive of the year, completely rebuilding this Padres team in a matter of months.
In addition to Shields, Preller has landed big names such as outfielders Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Meyers and catcher Derek Norris. Shields will step into the ace slot in the rotation with Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross flanking him.
Amazingly enough Preller might not be done with this extreme makeover. According to Jeff Pasan of Yahoo Sports the team is also planning an aggressive push for 19-year-old star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada.