Right-hand pitcher James Shield will be traded anytime this week by the Chicago White Sox, according to the latest MLB rumors. The White Sox acquired Shields from the San Diego Padres in a trade earlier this year and are reportedly exploring trade options before the trade deadline on Monday, August 1.
Chicago still has a shot at a postseason slot this year with 50 wins against 51 losses so far through Wednesday’s games. The White Sox are not getting much production from Shields this season as he has only suited up 10 games for the team.
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Jon Morosi from the MLB Network confirmed on Twitter that James Shields is available for trade before the deadline.
“James Shields is available via trade, sources say, and #WhiteSox could capitalize on spike in value: 1.71 ERA over last six starts,” Morosi posted on Wednesday to start the MLB rumors of a James Shields trade.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 27, 2016
The Texas Rangers are named one of the possible destinations for the 34-year-old James Shields, who has a 5.71 ERA this season. However, he’s played well of late, in seven innings per outing over the last six starts he compiled 1.71 ERA, which means the veteran might still have a few years left in his career.
Shields played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 to 2014, Kansas City Royals in 2014-2015 before landing with the San Diego Padres in 2015-2016. For his career, Shields, who the MLB All-Star Game once in his career (2011), has a win-loss record of 132-109 with an ERA of 3.79.
Before the final games against the Chicago Cubs in this week’s series, the White Sox have won four of their last five games to continue their battle for a postseason slot this year. They take on the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series to end July and will face the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles to start August.
Will James Shields be dealt before the trade deadline as per the latest MLB Rumors? Or will the White Sox stick with the veteran pitcher for the rest of the season?
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