Royals lose Shields to Padres

By Steve Sell
February 09, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The Kansas City Royals are officially without their ace pitcher now.

“Big Game James” Shields, who propelled the Royals into their first World Series in 29 years in 2014, agreed to a deal in principle today with the San Diego Padres of the National League.

ESPN reported the story this morning.

The four-year deal reportedly will pay him in the $75 million range, a source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick. The Royals had tendered Shields a one-year id="mce_marker"5.3 million offer after he declared for free agency.

Shields' deal includes a club option for a fifth year, the source told

Shields' contract will set the record for largest contract issued in Padres history.