Friday, March 25, 2016

Is "Big Game" James Shields Back On Red Sox Radar?

(UT San Diego Photo)
According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, "a few teams" have talked to the San Diego Padres about starting pitcher James Shields. Heyman goes on to say that the Red Sox are one of those teams—with Shields the logical target of The Carmine Hose. With Eduardo Rodriguez out (for who knows how long), and knuckle-baller Steven Wright a marginal fifth-starter option, Boston is clearly in need of some starter stability in its rotation. Shields is not the AL East "stud" he once was, but the 34-year old can still give you a solid 200 innings plus—along with an ERA under 4.00. The last three years, he has led the league in starts (34, 34, 33). As long as the price is not too steep, this should be a no-brainer for Dave Dombrowski. The San Diego outfield has Melvin Upton, Jon Jay and Matt Kemp—but it seems like David Murphy might be an interesting fourth-outfielder option for the Friars (along with some lower-level prospects). By the way, just last August, the San Diego media had Pablo Sandoval getting shipped west for Shields. Stay tuned!