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James Shields, Padres reach $75M deal; Rays sign infielder

Published Feb. 10, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Former Rays right-hander James Shields, who helped the Royals reach the World Series last season and has the only World Series victory in Tampa Bay history, agreed to a $75 million, four-year contract with the Padres.

The deal includes an option for 2019 and is subject to the successful completion of a physical, which likely to take place today.

Shields, 33, is the latest addition by first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who in December added sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.

Shields was traded from the Rays to Kansas City two years ago in a deal in which Myers, then the Royals' top prospect, was acquired by Tampa Bay.

Shields was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA last season. An All-Star in 2011, he is 114-90 with a 3.72 ERA in nine seasons. He is the Rays' career leader with 87 wins, 1,250 strikeouts and 1,454⅔ innings.

RAYS SIGN INFIELDER: The Rays added to their middle infield depth, signing Jake Elmore to a minor-league deal with a spring training invite.

Elmore, 27, has played parts of the past three seasons in the majors with the Diamondbacks, Astros and Reds, posting a .221 average. He elected free agency after being designated for assignment last month by the Pirates, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds. The Rays are his seventh organization.

Elmore joins invitee Alexi Casilla and rostered players Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin and Hak-Ju Lee competing for middle infield time along with Asdrubal Cabrera, who will play either second base or shortstop.

BRAVES: Tampa native and former Devil Ray Fred McGriff has rejoined the Braves, for whom he starred in the mid 1990s, as a special assistant to baseball operations. McGriff, 51, who worked previously for the Rays and Blue Jays and was a part-time instructor for the Braves, will attend spring training and have pro scouting duties.

CARDINALS: Outfielder Jon Jay avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract worth $10,975,000.

RANGERS: The team said first baseman Prince Fielder is "full speed ahead" for spring training after neck surgery last summer.

YANKEES: Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said offseason reports on ace Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow have been positive. The right-hander missed 21/2 months last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.


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