As Sunday slowly rolled into Monday, the San Diego Padres were busy locking up one of the biggest names left on the free agent market. Per Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, the San Diego Padres and James Shields have agreed on a four-year contract, pending physical.
Shields, 33, was the workhorse that helped lead the Kansas City Royals to the World Series this past season, posting a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings pitched. The righty added 180 strikeouts as well.
In an off-season in which San Diego has added Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and now Shields, it seems like the Padres are gearing up for a run at the 2015 NL West title. In a division with the deep-pocketed Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending World Series champions in the San Francisco Giants, the Padres will need all the help they can muster.