No one needs to feel sorry for James Shields, who signed a four-year deal worth $75 million with the free-wheeling San Diego Padres. The Padres just happen to be the team in the city where Shields lives, so he gets to cash those checks at his local bank.
However, the impact of state income taxes in California as opposed to states with no income taxes makes for an interesting look at the total value of Shields’ contract. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, yet again covering all bases, has a look here.
It makes you stop to think about why any athlete would sign in a state that has income taxes and not flock to teams in, oh, Texas. But when the difference is a few million from a pot of many millions, it probably isn’t a big deal to athletes who have reached the point where money isn’t the overriding factor.
Shields, though, tried for many more millions. In this story by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Shields and agent Page Odle overshot the market and were lucky to get what the Padres finally offered.
The Rangers, for what it’s worth, met with Shields way back in December on the day before the winter meetings. General manager Jon Daniels said then that the Rangers weren’t in on the free-agent right-hander and maintained that throughout the off-season.
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