The news has been coming since late Sunday night, but it's finally here. The Padres have officially announced the signing of James Shields. Shields will get four years and $75 million, with a $16 million club option for a fifth year.
There is still the matter of making room for him on the 40-man roster, but that announcement is yet to come.
Padres have not yet announced the corresponding roster move.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 11, 2015
$75M to Shields matches biggest outlay to one player in #Padres history. Friars on hook for $75M of Matt Kemp's $107M contract.— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) February 11, 2015
And to make it even MORE official, the Padres will hold a press conference at 3:30 PT today at Petco Park.
James Shields will be introduced at a 3:30 press conference this afternoon. #Padres— jesse agler (@jesseagler) February 11, 2015
The press conference will be shown on Fox Sports San Diego, as well as streamed live online here.
We now know the corresponding roster move.
The #Padres have DFA'd RHP Aaron Northcraft to make room for James Shields on the 40-man roster.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) February 11, 2015