The Padres made their final offer to pitcher James Shields yesterday. Now they're waiting for his decision. A few other teams have tried to enter the bidding for Shields but have gained little traction in Twitter mentions. If it were up to Twitter rumors, Shields would already be wearing a bland Padres jersey right now.
Shields thought about his options while we were all sleeping last night.
He may put off the decision and pull another all nighter tonight.
Sounds like James Shields' decision could now come either today or Mon. Believe he was told early Saturday that Padres had made final offer.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 8, 2015
Jim Bowden is pretty confident that Shields will end up in San Diego.
.@JimBowden_ESPN: "I expect him (Shields) to sign with the Padres in the next 48 hours."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 8, 2015
James Shields spent all 9 seasons of his career in the AL and that will soon change…#Padres source sounds confident they’ll land Shields— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) February 8, 2015
I am expecting Shields deal to reach the finish the line in the 4-year 72-80 million dollar range. #Padres— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) February 8, 2015
It'd be a huge upset if the Padres don't get Shields at this point. I for one will be really upset.
It would be a big upset if the Padres don't get James Shields. Multiple GMs who have inquired on Shields believe he ends up in San Diego.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 8, 2015
Buster Olney considers the Padres move a big risk, but the only other option is to continue to finish third or fourth place in the division.
This morning, things are well among the re-energized San Diego fan base, and if the Padres make the playoffs, then the moves of Preller and Dee will pay off. But there is risk, too -- a lot of it -- for a team that doesn't have a lot of money to spend relative to their division rivals. Their chips are stacked in the middle of the table.
Once we figure out Shields' final destination then we'll need to find out which Padre doesn't know what "impasse" means.
One Padres player asked what an "impasse" meant.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) February 8, 2015
UPDATE: Jon Morosi is quoting the same numbers as Bowden now:
Source: #Padres' most recent offer to James Shields was four years and between $72 million and $80 million.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 9, 2015