Will Shields land a $100 million deal?
KANSAS CITY, MO (The Spread) – Will James Shields land a $100 million contract this offseason? There appear to be conflicting reports.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, a “number of executives” have said that they expect Shields to land a contract of at least five years and $100 million. In the same report, however, Rosenthal also notes that some execs “would be surprised” if the free agent topped $100 million. Thus, there are some conflicting reports whether or not Shields will cash in this winter.
Rosenthal writes that the Marlins and Diamondbacks have backed off from Shields due to what is perceived to be a high price tag. He’s not a priority for the Giants either, who recently signed Jake Peavy and appear to be set with their rotation despite age and injury concerns outside of ace Madison Bumgarner.
The Red Sox are also “highly unlikely” to sign Shields while the Padres aren’t said to be seeking him either. Thus, Shields may have to lower his expectations if he’s looking to sign with a competitor for the 2015 season and beyond.