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By Phil Mendelson, Padres Correspondent, Wed, Feb 11th 12:35am EST

San Diego adds James Shields to a truly impressive list of newly acquired players. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Morrow, Brandon Maurer.

Fantasy Impact: Can you list how many San Diego players from last year you wanted on your fantasy team? That’s right, none. 2015 will be a whole lot different. James Shields heads the Padres as someone who is Fantasy relevant. The Big guy can be someone you could take right after Kershaw. Look for 15 wins, a low 3.00 ERA, 200K’s and a nice low WHIP. Finally the Padres will be fantasy relevant.

By Phil Mendelson, Padres Correspondent, Tue, Feb 10th 5:49pm EST

San Diego adds James Shields to a truly impressive list of newly acquired players; Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Morrow, Brandon Maurer.

Fantasy Impact: This is an easy one. Can you list how many San Diego players from last year you wanted on your fantasy team? That’s right, none. 2015 will to be a whole lot different. Some of them will even be early-round picks. Finally the Padres will be fantasy relevant.

By Blaine Blontz, Padres Correspondent, Mon, Feb 9th 12:41pm EST

The San Diego Padres signed free agent James Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal, including an option for a fifth year. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Padres have been very active this offseason, but mostly on the offensive front. Shields joins a rotation that was already fairly productive in 2014. Considering the spacious confines of Petco Park, and his solid past two seasons with the Royals, Shields should be in for another productive year for fantasy owners.

By Jeff Krisko, Padres Correspondent, Sat, Feb 7th 1:36pm EST

The San Diego Padres, the main suitors for pitcher James Shields, are coming closer to signing him. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Shields is the last major domino to fall in baseball free agency, and should sign with someone, likely San Diego, in the next week. Shields will benefit greatly from notoriously pitcher-friendly PetCo Park. If he ends up in San Diego, he's going to be a back-end #2 SP, and ideally a #3 for your squad.

By Dan Schalk, Padres Correspondent, Fri, Feb 6th 1:35pm EST

Astros owner Jim Crane told Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle that he does not envision his club signing SP James Shields. Crane said the team "is not ready to begin making four year investments." Houston was rumored to be a darkhorse candidate for Shields. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: Signing Shields would give the Astros a legitimate rotation in the AL West that includes Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel, and Colin McHugh. A deal seems unlikely due to Shields' age and his demand for a long term deal. Shields will be most valuable on your fantasy team if he signs with San Diego, which owns the title as one of the best pitcher friendly ballparks in the MLB.

By Steve Anagnos, Padres Correspondent, Fri, Feb 6th 10:42am EST

Adding Shields to the top of this rotation could put underachieving Toronto right in the thick of the newly winnable AL East. The Jays would be looking to end their long playoff drought before the window closes on this group of players that has not lived up to expectations. (Source: Toronto Star)

Fantasy Impact: Shields should be a lock for 15 wins with this potent Blue Jay lineup. Shields finished 2014 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 180K in 224 innings pitched. Pitching against the AL East should bring those numbers up a little, but consider Shields a solid #2 starter should he sign with the Jays.

By Dale Redman, Padres Correspondent, Thu, Feb 5th 1:56pm EST

With James Shields still unsigned, the Chicago Cubs have shown interest in signing the starting pitcher. Shields reportedly will make his decision by Friday and the Cubs hiring of Joe Madden as manager could have some influence. Shields pitched for Madden from 2006 to 2012 when both were with Tampa Bay. (Source: CSN Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Shields would slot in behind Jon Lester and provide the Cubs with an outstanding veteran 1-2 combo in their rotation. If in fact the Cubs were able to sign the big right-hander, they would possess one of the best rotations in the National League with Lester, Shields, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs seem unwilling to give Shields a contract for more than three to four years, so I would not consider them the favorites. Shields is by far the last big name free agent left to sign this offseason. Shields carries a 114-90 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 7.7 K/9 ratio in his nine year career with the Rays and Royals.

By David A Marcillo, Padres Correspondent, Wed, Feb 4th 3:04pm EST

The Miami Marlins remain in talks with pitcher James Shields, who is expected to come to an agreement by the end of the week. (Source: Joe Frisaro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shields would be a great fit in spacious Marlins park and would have a great defensive outfield behind him. A valuable fantasy piece regardless of where he lands, Miami would be one of the best locations from a fantasy perspective. Shields expects to be a top-25 SP for the 2015 season.

By Chris Zolli, Padres Correspondent, Wed, Feb 4th 8:52am EST

Shields is the last big ticket MLB free agent on the market, excluding international free agent Yoan Moncada, and looks to make a decision by the end of the week. Shields' agent was most recently contacted by the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Shields' decision could seriously change the outlook of either playoff race. If he goes to San Diego, Shields would give the young pitching staff a veteran leader and the massively improved Padres would become a legitimate threat for the NL Wild Card. If Shields signs in the Bronx, that would give the Yankees more firepower to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and provide a stable option among injured and questionable pitchers. Shields' skills are well defined: he is durable and reliable. His statistics over the past four years paint the picture of Shields as an ace, he has a 3.17 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, but the caution is that there are a lot of innings on his arm. Although Shields does not have an injury history, he is coming off of a season where he pitched more than 275 innings and, at 33, has pitched 1910 innings in his career. This speaks to his durability, but it also says that he may be reaching a point of limited returns and could meet a steep decline in his career. He is still a top-25 pitcher and could get a bump in his numbers if he goes to a pitcher's ballpark in San Diego, so draft Shields wisely and he should be a solid SP2.

By Chris Zolli, Padres Correspondent, Thu, Jan 1st 12:52pm EST

The Yankees have made transactions this offseason to free up salary, trading Francisco Cervelli, Martin Prado, and Shawn Kelley while not aggressively pursuing Brandon McCarthy. They may use that saved money to sign James Shields. (Source: River Ave Blues)

Fantasy Impact: Shields pitched effectively in the AL East with the Rays over seven seasons, topping 200 IP each season and leading the Rays to three playoff appearances. He has been even better over the past four seasons, two with the Kansas City Royals, where he has posted a 3.17 ERA and averaged 227 IP. The Yankees need a stable workhorse at the top of the rotation as Hiroki Kuroda led the rotation in 2013 with only 199 IP and he is now pitching in Japan; in fact, the last time the Yankees had a pitcher with greater than 225 IP was CC Sabathia with 237 IP in 2011. Shields would give relief to a bullpen that had four pitchers with greater than 50 IP and would fill the void left by Shane Greene, Brandon McCarthy, David Phelps, and the aforementioned Kuroda. He is a top-20 SP on durability alone and playing for a Yankees team that always contends will only add to his value.