|Mar. 28 12:56 PM PT1:56 PM MT2:56 PM CT3:56 PM ET15:56 ET19:56 GMT3:56 12:56 PM MST2:56 PM EST3:26 PM VEN23:56 UAE1:56 PM CT-San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
Analysis: San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent after pitching for Kansas City in the World Series last October. This will be Shields' seventh season opening assignment. He pitched the last two for the Royals and did it four times with Tampa Bay.
|Feb. 13 9:40 AM PT10:40 AM MT11:40 AM CT12:40 PM ET12:40 ET17:40 GMT1:40 10:40 AM MST12:40 PM EST1:10 PM VEN21:40 UAE11:40 AM CT-Shields can opt out his new contract with the San Diego Padres after two years and $31 million. The Padres have a $16 million option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout that would be payable by Jan. 15, 2019.
Analysis: Shields' deal gives him the right to terminate the contract no later than three days after the 2016 World Series and to become a free agent. San Diego would retain its right to make him a qualifying offer,
|Feb. 9 8:29 AM PT9:29 AM MT10:29 AM CT11:29 AM ET11:29 ET16:29 GMT0:29 9:29 AM MST11:29 AM EST11:59 AM VEN20:29 UAE10:29 AM CT-The Padres have finalized a $75 million, four-year contract with right-hander James Shields, the biggest free agent deal in club history.
Analysis: Shields is the latest addition by first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who in December added sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks. Shields was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA last season and declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals. He lost both of his World Series starts, outdueled each time by Madison Bumgarner.