MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox, Orioles Interested in James Shields?

MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox, Orioles Interested in James Shields?

The start of the 2016 MLB season is just less than two weeks away and teams are close to finalizing their respective 25-man roster. However, James Shields might not be with the San Diego Padres when Opening Day arrives as his name is once again part of many MLB trade rumors.

Jon Heyman of the MLB Network noted that several teams have discussed a possible Shields trade with the Padres. Two of those teams are from the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

The Orioles have one of the scariest lineups in the league but their rotation is the opposite. The team is still looking for an additional pitcher and Shields might be that guy.

The 34-year-old had a 13-7 record and 3.91 ERA last season but it does not justify his four-year, $75 million contract. According to Camden Chat, Baltimore might have previously inquired about Shields this past winter as part of the Odrisamer Despaigne trade.

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On the other half of these MLB trade rumors are the Red Sox who might be in need of another arm for their rotation, per ESPN. David Price and Rick Porcello are the only two sure starters with Clay Buchholz being injury prone, Eduardo Rodriguez out with a knee injury.

Joe Kelly and Steven Wright may also be part of their rotation but adding Shields will solidify Boston’s rotation. One of the names popping out as part of these MLB trade rumors is third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

However, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are not having any active trade talks about James Shields or any of their veteran players. Nevertheless, he noted that starting pitchers like Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross as well as catcher Derek Norris and right fielder Matt Kemp may become part of future MLB trade rumors and speculations.

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