Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The James Shields Trade & How It May Affect NY

The Chicago White Sox and the San Diego Padres jumped the gun a bit this trading season by pulling off the first major trade over the weekend. In the deal the White Sox acquired RHP James Shields from the San Diego Padres for prospects Erik Johnson and Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego will also kick in all but $27 million of the $61 million owed to Shields for the remainder of his contract. Shields has not pitched well since joining the San Diego Padres yet AJ Preller was able to move him and salary relief for two fringe prospects, could the Yankees do the same with some of their roster?

Shields was 2-7 at the time of the trade with a 4.28 ERA leaving me wondering if the Yankees couldn’t, if they so choose to of course, move the contracts of CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and/or Michael Pineda. The Yankees probably could move all three if they acted now but that would make the team “sellers” at the trade deadline for the first time since 1989 and for some reason management doesn’t think the fans can handle that distinction.

Pitching will be at an absolute premium this summer with Rich Hill likely the most attractive piece to be moved at this time. The Yankees could turn water into win this summer if they hold out for key deals for Nathan Eovaldi, Pineda, Sabathia, Nova, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller kick starting a rebuild with fresh and premium MLB ready and minor league talent. Shields is just the first domino to fall and the White Sox were quick to jump on him early, now the Yankees need to take advantage of a meager market for pitchers and cash in.

Cash in Cash and cash in now. 

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