The San Diego Padres are reportedly discussing a trade that would send starting pitcher James Shields to the Chicago White Sox. Shields is 2-6 this season with an ERA of 3.06 and a solid 56/23 strikeout/walk ratio.
Shields is making $21 million this season and is signed for three more years after this year at $58 million total. However, the veteran pitcher has an opt-out clause in his contract that he is expected to use to join the 2017 free agency class that does not have much starting pitching depth.
At 20-29, the Padres sit in last place in the NL West and 9.5 games out of first place. If Shields were to opt-out of his contract, it would actually help the team if they try to go the “rebuilding” route. If the team were to get back a prospect for him in addition to getting his contract off of the books, it would likely be a best-case scenario for Padres General Manager A.J. Preller.