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Fox Sports obtained a copy of James Shields' contract

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Fox Sports mysteriously got their hands on a copy of James Shields' contract.  Who knows how this sort of thing happens, but it's all part of the baseball's seedy underworld of clandestine deals and opium dens.

Ken Rosenthal reports on his Twitter that Shields can opt out of his $75 million deal after just two years.

It's not something he'd likely do though because he'd lose out on butt loads of money.

So $21 million x  2 + $2 million = $44 million

And as Rothenthal states he'd be crazy to give up that kinda guaranteed money at the age of 35.  Still it could happen.

Wonko made an interesting point that I hadn't thought about.  He mentioned that it's kind of acts like a de facto no-trade clause because if he gets traded to a team he doesn't like (or if it turns out he doesn't like the Padres), he can opt out.