At least Matt Kemp was allegedly also brought up by the Padres in White Sox talks that yielded the first big trade of the trading season, a trade that occurred even before the traditional start of trading season, the annual amateur draft, which begins Thursday. However, the White Sox were singularly focused on Shields, the man they figured would fill their hole in the rotation. It seemed like an unusual choice by the White Sox; they were second best in in the A.L. in ERA and second worst in OPS.
Darren: I hadn’t heard this angle that you took in your column, which was posted today, that not only did the Padres trade James Shields to the White Sox, but that there was actual talk about them trying to move Matt Kemp to the White Sox as well.
Heyman: Well, sure. They’re gonna try. They’ve tried with several teams. They’re trying to rebuild at this point. Obviously, they gave it a good shot at couple winters ago, and brought in Shields and Wil Myers and Kemp and Justin Upton, and it didn’t quite have the effect they hoped it would have and now it’s time to get on with a rebuild.
In trading Shields to the White Sox, the Padres unloaded their highest-paid player. The only two players remaining with salaries above $7.2 million this season are Matt Kemp ($18.25M) and Melvin Upton Jr. ($16.05M). A.J. Preller and the Padres are searching for trade partners that would be interested in either, or both, of those big contracts.