The San Diego Padres are calling teams around the league to see if someone would be interested in trading for James Shields, according to a tweet from  Peter Gammons.


The Padres signed Shields to their biggest free agent contract in team history back in February, a four-year $75 million deal.

He started the season off 7-0, but has struggled since, and his record now sits at 7-3 with a 4.01 ERA.  His 19 home runs allowed this year are fifth-most in the major’s.

However, Shields has started 19 games this season, which is tied for the major league lead, a consistency he has been able to provide throughout his career.

Shields also has World Series experience with both the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals.

Team’s that do not want to shell out the money to acquire Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who’s reportedly on the trading block, may have interest in Shields.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller has maintained that the team will be “creative” at the July 31 trade deadline. And when the team’s lead investor Peter Seidler was asked by the San Diego Union Tribune if they would be sellers at the deadline, Seidler said, “Our expectations are going to be high going into the next year as well as 2017 and every year beyond.”

Gammons did not mention any specific teams that the Padres have contacted, but teams like the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly on the market for pitching.

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