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Padres 'taking over the world' after signing James Shields

After adding the 33-year old veteran, the Padres are reportedly in on Yoan Moncada, too.

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James Shields is officially a San Diego Padre. It took a while, but Shields ultimately opted to remain close to his home. Time will tell if San Diego has done enough to make the postseason, but some writers feel the Padres are now in a good position to make the playoffs:

-Padres squarely in postseason hunt with addition of James Shields | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Looking at the bigger picture, we wouldn't say adding Shields is the final piece in a championship puzzle, but he's an important piece if San Diego hopes to end its eight-year postseason drought.

-The Padres should still trade for Cole Hamels - SBNation.com

The Padres just spent $75 million to sign James Shields. They're probably done, but let's ask if they should be.

-Why James Shields is a risk the hyperactive Padres had to take | New York Post

Nevertheless, the decision – under new general manager A.J. Preller – to aggressively accumulate talent this offseason with Kemp, Shields, Justin Upton, Wil Myers and others has turned the Padres from one of the majors’ least relevant teams to the talk of the game.

-Could the Royals have afforded James Shields? - Royals Review

The Royals did not appear to show serious interest in any of the three free agents, despite all three being key parts of the pennant-winning ballclub. The feeling was the Royals simply couldn't afford James Shields, and wanted to go in a different direction in right-field and designated hitter.


Are the Padres planning to take over the world?

Padres relevant but not necessarily good?

Kevin Millar likes the deal:

Could the deal give small market teams hope? Possibly:

Padres only have one more rotation slot to fill. And they have options:

Padres are open to spending, too.

Shields is not really great with the bat, though:

Shields must have really wanted to go home:

Who won the Wil Myers/Shields trade?