James Shields and Padres finalize $75 million, 4-year deal

Feb 11, 2015 3:47 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Padres have finalized a $75 million, four-year contract with right-hander James Shields, the biggest free agent deal in club history.

Shields was to be introduced Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park.

Shields helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season but declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals.

He's the latest addition by first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who in December acquired sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.

The $75 million for Shields matches the $75 million the Padres owe Kemp during the next five years as the biggest outlay to one player in team history. The Dodgers will pay $32 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp's contract.

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