James Shields Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Padres SP

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

San Diego Padres' James Shields throws during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields has once again cropped up in trade rumors with the regular season rapidly approaching. 

Continue for updates.

Shields Back on Trade Block

Friday, Mar. 25

On Friday, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that a "few teams," including the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, have talked to the Padres about dealing for Shields.   

However, Dennis Lin of the San Diego-Tribune reported nothing is imminent.

In his first year with the Padres in 2015 after signing a four-year, $75 million deal (viaSpotrac), Shields went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA, hardly the kind of numbers from a pitcher making ace money. 

He was just one of a few big offseason deals the Padres made prior to the 2015 season that didn't yield big rewards.

Notable Padres 2014 Offseason Acquisitions
PlayerAcquired InDeal2015 StatsCurrent Team
Melvin UptonTrade5-year, $72 million (Signed with ATL)87 G, .259, 5 HR, 17 RBIPadres
Matt KempTrade8-year, $160 million (Signed with LAD).265, 23 HR, 100 RBIPadres
Justin UptonTrade6-year, $51.5 million (Signed with ATL).256, 26 HR, 81 RBIDetroit Tigers
Craig KimbrelTrade4-year, $42 million (Signed with ATL)2.58 ERA, 39 Saves,Boston Red Sox


The Padres hobbled to a 74-88 finish in 2015, which didn't reflect the kind of roster the team had on paper. 

Pitching had a lot to do with those struggles, as the team's staff allowed over 4.5 runs per game. Only eight teams in the league allowed more in 2015. 

Due to his sub-par performance in his debut season with the Padres, Shields found himself in the middle of trade talks in December, per Buster Olney:

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Padres continue to try to push James Shields in the trade market. Owed $63 million over the next three seasons.

This came after he cleared waivers in August when the team couldn't deal him at the trade deadline. 

With the kind of money that he's set to make, the Padres probably won't be asking for much in return for Shields. His re-emergence on the trade market could just be another attempt at dumping his salary, per Heyman:

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

Padres are willing to pay some of shields' backloaded deal (21M per now), how much depends on return. Nothing thought close

If they can deal Shields, then the Padres could have an opportunity to reinvest their money into building their team to a contender in a loaded National League West with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks

Teams around the league could look at the 34-year-old as a veteran arm that could bolster their respective rotations. The Orioles could put Shields toward the top of the staff to complement Yovani Gallardo, while the Red Sox could have him complement David Price. 

Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com


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