How much bargain IS James Shields for the Padres?

If the Friars accept that Big Game James doesn't live here anymore, if he ever did, Shields should  be a good signing for them.

If the Friars accept that Big Game James doesn’t live here anymore, if he ever did, Shields should be a good signing for them.

James Shields needed just slightly longer to find new employment than Max Scherzer needed. At four years believed in the $75 million total range, the Padres might look to have a bargain on the surface. Look a little deeper, however, and it’s just about what Shields really is worth as compared to what some thought he saw himself as worth.

The Dodgers’ victory swim

Concerning the Los Angeles Dodger’s pool party to celebrate clinching the National League West in Arizona, a few observations:

1) There was a point during the season when the Dodgers had hit rock bottom, or close enough, while the Diamondbacks were hitting the high notes and the high standings. It isn’t exactly out of the bounds of reason to suggest that, on the assumption that the Dodgers had a resurrection in them, which wasn’t an assumption many were willing to make at that point in time, there could be nothing sweeter than to finish it at the Diamondbacks’ expense. Especially considering . . .