The San Diego Padres are optimistic that they can move James Shields, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

As stated by Rosenthal, the rising prices of the free agent pitching market have made the three-years $65 million left on his contract more appealing.

Shields had a 3.91 era in 202.1 innings with the Padres in 2015. This is hardly ace material, but Shields has been a consistent innings eater. Shields benefits from name-id that makes him more valuable than his recent numbers.

Again, however, while the top free agent pitchers are garnering big contracts, the market is still very deep. Teams still have plenty of options before moving pieces for someone like James Shields.

 

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