REPORT: Padres expected to trade James Shields this weekend

San Diego Padres pitcher James Shields

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to complete a trade involving Starting Pitcher James Shields before his scheduled start on Sunday. The likeliest destination for Shields would be to the Chicago White Sox, who have been talking with San Diego about Shields since last week.

San Diego would have to absorb a significant portion of Shields’ contract in a trade. If a deal is reached with the White Sox, the return could include teenage shortstop prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., the son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis. The White Sox signed Tatis Jr. out of the Dominican Republic last summer for $700,000.

In the 2015 offseason, Shields signed the largest deal in the history of the San Diego Padres as a free agent. That 4-year deal for $75 million has about $58 million left on it, leaving many to believe the Padres would have to include money in any trade that includes Shields. However, Shields has an opt-out clause after this season that he will likely exercise, seeing how weak the free agent class of starting pitchers is going to be.

Shields was called out earlier this week by team owner Ron Fowler, and responded to those comments yesterday when talking with Marty Caswell:

This season, Shields is 2-7 with an ERA of 4.28. In less than two seasons with the Padres, Shields has a record of 15-14 with an ERA of 4.00.

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