San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields is once again involved in trade speculation as the regular season quickly approaches.
Earlier today, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported that several teams, including the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, have been in contact with San Diego regarding a trade for Shields.
Shields signed a big deal with the Padres in 2015, but was a bit of a disappointment in his first season with the club, posting a 13-7 record to go along with a 3.91 ERA. While his numbers aren't terrible, his performance has not lived up to the 4-year, $75 million contract he currently has.
Shields has proven to be, at the very least, a competent starting pitcher, and would likely come at a very reasonable price.
The Red Sox could definitely use another consistent arm in the rotation, and considering that Shields has also previously pitched on the same team as current Boston ace David Price, the Red Sox have themselves a no-brainer in my opinion.
We will have more coming on the potential deal, so make sure to check back.
By Jacob Young