I guess Brian Cashman was serious when he said the Yankees weren’t interested in James Shields.
According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, James Shields has landed a four-year contract with the San Diego Padres in the $72 – $76 Million range. The contract has a fifth year option and is pending a physical.
Shields was one of the biggest pitchers on the free agent market along with Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, but the Yankees didn’t seem to be interested in any of them. Scherzer eventually signed with the Washington Nationals and Lester eventually signed with the Chicago Cubs.
While Shields was a nice thought, especially with the Yankees rotation with so many question marks, it seems Shields was another player the Yankees let get away.