Shields’ agent: There was no 5-year, $110 million offer
Soon after the calendar turned to 2015, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal passed along word from a pair of executives that free-agent right-hander James Shields had received a five-year, $110 million offer from an unnamed team but was continuing to look for something better.
“That was completely inaccurate and a fabrication,” Page Odle said.
According to Odle, there were discussions of contracts ranging from three to five years, but Shields never demanded a deal of five years or more. One club did make an offer early in the offseason, but an agreement couldn’t be struck, and Shields’ market didn’t begin to gain steam again until the new year. Eventually, Shields decided he wanted to pitch for the Padres, with Odle calling it, “a great fit for him and his family.”
— Andrew Simon