The San Diego Padres had a massive overhaul in the offseason that hasn't quite gone according to plan. While looking up at others in the National League West standings, they may be looking to be sellers, including a trade of a proven ace they brought in as part of that new regime.
Padres management could change the landscape of the MLB trade deadline, as they "really want to move" starting pitchers James Shields and Andrew Cashner, according to multiple national reports.
Shields, 33, signed a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres as a free agent in February, 2015. The veteran was a name tied heavily to the Giants during free agency, with multiple reports indicating the Giants offered Shields more money before he ultimately signed with San Diego.
This season, Shields has compiled an 8-3 record with a 3.77 ERA while striking out 144 batters in 126.2 innings pitched. Through his 10-year career, Shields is 122-93 with a 3.72 ERA and has struck out 1,770 hitters in 2,037 innings.
The Giants beat Shields twice in the 2014 World Series when he was a part of the Kansas City Royals.
Cashner, has a much different story than Shields.
Currently in his sixth season in the bigs, Cashner didn't become an everyday starting pitcher until 2013. At a hulking 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Cashner is a power pitcher with a 3-10 record and a 4.10 ERA to go along with 97 strikeouts in 109.2 innings pitched this season.
He also is not signed up long-term with the Padres like Shields is. The 28-year-old will be a free agent in 2017.
For his career, Cashner is 23-36 with a 3.43 ERA. He's also totaled 428 strike outs in 519.1 innings pitched.
San Diego is currently in fourth place in the NL West with a 44-52 record.
#Padres listening on at least half their staff. But they “really want to move” both James Shields and Andrew Cashner, other teams say— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 24, 2015