Well, a Yankees weren’t lying.
Despite carrying a revolution pockmarked by questions, they did indeed let a final of a marquee free-agent starting pitchers pointer elsewhere Monday, when James Shields and a Padres concluded on a four-year agreement value about $75 million, a source confirmed.
The Yankees had pronounced given a offseason began that they had no seductiveness in removing concerned in a behest wars for Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or Shields, and they remained loyal to their word on this one.
Lester sealed a six-year, $155-million understanding with a Cubs in early December, Scherzer followed 6 weeks after by signing a seven-year, $210-million agreement with a Nationals, and now Shields finally is off a market, too.
Shields, 33, went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts for a Royals final deteriorate though left a bad ambience in Oct with a 6.12 ERA in 5 postseason starts. He has been an effective workhorse in his initial 9 years, averaging 32 starts and some-more than 212 innings and posting a 3.72 ERA — with 7 of those seasons in a dangerous AL East.
Since a career-high 2491/3 innings in 2011, when Shields finished third in a Cy Young balloting with a 2.82 ERA, he has not pitched fewer than 227 innings.
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By contrast, a Yankees did not have a 200-inning starter final season, and Hiroki Kuroda — a rotation’s personality with 199 — returned to Japan to representation for a Hiroshima Carp. Second on that list was Masahiro Tanaka with 1361/3 innings, though a tiny vinculum rip in his right bend sidelined him for scarcely 11 weeks before he came behind to make dual starts in September. The rip has not been surgically repaired.
Otherwise, a Yankees’ revolution has copiousness of health concerns. CC Sabathia done usually 8 starts final deteriorate and is entrance off knee surgery. Michael Pineda has been worried a past dual years by behind and shoulder injuries. Ivan Nova is rehabbing from Tommy John medicine and is not approaching to be prepared by Opening Day.
While a Yankees upheld on a big-money starters, they did acquire Nathan Eovaldi from a Marlins and again rolled a bones on Chris Capuano by giving him a one-year, $5-million contract.
The Yankees’ 2015 payroll is approximately $209 million — second usually to a Dodgers’ $264 million — and handling ubiquitous partner Hal Steinbrenner indicated final month that he isn’t peaceful to spend many some-more for now. “There’s only a certain volume I’m going to go,” he said.
The Padres, who haven’t been to a playoffs given 2006, were one of a many active teams this offseason as first-year ubiquitous manager and Huntington Station local A.J. Preller tirelessly worked to reconstruct a roster.
Before securing Shields, a Padres fabricated a whole new outfield by adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers — a actor a Royals traded to a Rays to get Shields in Dec 2012.
Preller also traded with a Yankees to get reliever Shawn Kelley and acquired All-Star catcher Derek Norris from a A’s. The Padres already had grabbed everyone’s courtesy with their mad rebuilding effort, though spending large to get Shields is another denote of their financial commitment.