Cubs offered James Shields a three-year, $60 million deal
Before signing with the Padres for $75 million James Shields got some late interest from the Cubs, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that Chicago jumped into the mix last week once it was clear Shields’ overall market was somewhat underwhelming.
According to Rosenthal--and the New York Post, too--the Cubs offered Shields a three-year, $60 million deal even after inking Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal earlier this offseason.
Shields ultimately decided to play at home in San Diego, choosing the Padres’ four-year, $75 million offer that includes an option for a fifth year. But it’s telling that the Cubs were willing to spend another big chunk of money and suggests they’ll probably be in the market for top-of-the-rotation help again next winter when guys like Jordan Zimmermann, Zack Greinke, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Doug Fister, and Mat Latos could all be on the market.