The San Diego Padres and James Shields have agreed to a 4 year deal worth $72-76 mil. Shields joins the completely rebuilt Friars, who are now serious playoff contenders and a threat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Shields is now the Ace of a Padres staff that features talent in Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and a sleeper/injury risk in Brandon Morrow.
Shields will team up with Wil Myers, one of the players he was traded for prior to the start of the 2013 MLB season.
Shields did not pitch well last season at Kauffmann Stadium as a member of the Kansas City Royals, so having a new home park should help, especially a pitcher friendly one like Petco Park. However, he allowed 16 home runs on the road vs just 7 at home. Overall though, his home runs allowed have been much better since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays and the American League East.
The best part about Shields game, and having him in your rotation, is that he doesn't walk batters. Last season, he was 15th in the MLB amongst qualified starters, with a 1.74 BB/9. and even with low K/9 totals (7.14), still finished 28th with a 14.5% K-BB%.