The Chicago White Sox have been struggling recently as they have won two out of the past ten games. According to the latest MLB rumors, the White Sox are close to acquiring starting pitcher James Shields from the San Diego Padres.
As mentioned in the previous report, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn as expressed his interest in improving the team via the trade market. Rahn also insisted that the team is prepared to deal with any team even if it’s too early in the 2016 MLB season.
On the other hand, the Padres are the third-worst team in the National League with a 20-31 record. They signed Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract last offseason with a fifth-year club option. His first season in San Diego was good with a 13-7 record and 3.91 ERA but not good enough to justify his contract.
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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned in his report that the White Sox and Padres are discussing a trade that will send the 34-year-old Shields to Chicago. Even though the right-handed pitcher is having a solid season, the Padres are looking for ways to improve their team.
Brian Bilek of Chicago Now noted that veteran right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson and 17-year-old infielder prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. will be sent to San Diego. However, there would be more discussions to make between the teams since Shields is still owed $58 million.
The deal will likely come down to how much money the White Sox are willing to absorb. It was rumored that shortstop prospect Tim Anderson was part of the talks but Bruce Levine of 670 The Score confirmed that the 22-year-old will not be part of the deal.
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Nonetheless, Jon Heyman of MLB Network took to Twitter that other teams are also in discussion with the Padres regarding a trade for Shields.
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