Morning Marquee: James Shields nearing a deal with San Diego Padres?


Since the week ended, the rumors surrounding free agent right-hander James Shields have picked up a tremendous amount of steam, with the San Diego Padres emerging as the front-runners for the services of the former Kansas City Royals’ ace – with the Chicago Cubs also still interested and in pursuit.

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After a relatively quiet offseason highlighted by the signing of left-hander Andrew Miller, the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman are hoping for – but not promising – an American League East crown. The Bronx Bombers face a tall order to win a division title – especially with the hefty moves Ben Cherington and the Boston Red Sox made during the offseason.

Former first-round draft pick Josh Vitters‘ time with the Cubs organization has come to a close after the third baseman/outfielder signed a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies. Despite the lofty expectations and hopes that accompanied his selection, he never managed to put it all together at the big league level.

Here’s more from around the world of Major League Baseball:

“Josh Vitters signs minor-league deal with Rockies” – Cubbies Crib

“Yankees’ GM Cashman believes in his team” – Boston Globe

“Shields’ decision expected soon” – UT San Diego

“Starlin Castro not ranked among league’s best shortstops” – Cubbies Crib

“Finding a place for Dayan Viciedo” – Fangraphs

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