Downside To Each Team’s Biggest Free Agent Signing: National League

San Diego Padres: James Shields
Shields has been a model of consistency since his career began and he has won at least 11 games in each of the last eight seasons and San Diego got him for a lot less than the original price that Shields had been asking teams for. But the 33-year old’s arm might be wearing down due to a high innings count year after year.  After tossing 11 complete games in 2011 with the Rays, that number has gone down every season since to the point where he threw only one complete game last year. One of the best things about Shields when he was at his best was the ability he had to really give the bullpen a rest. Now he’s pitching for a team that finished dead last in runs scored during the 2014 season. With far less run support and without the ability to eat major innings, Shields might not be able to contribute for San Diego like he has for his previous teams. The Padres did also do a lot via trade to improve their offense but a lot of it surround high risk, high reward players like Matt Kemp and if those risks don’t work out, Shields will fail in San Diego.

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