Aaron Gleeman

Padres would really like to trade James Shields

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San Diego has been trying to trade James Shields since the middle of last season, so the overall sentiment is nothing new, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres “continue to try to push Shields in the trade market.”

Shields is one season into a four-year, $75 million contract that was backloaded, leaving him owed $63 million over the next three years. He’ll turn 34 years old later this month and served up a league-high 33 homers in 2015 despite calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home, which makes his decent-looking 3.91 ERA much less impressive than it appears.

It’s possible that a contending team may view Shields as a fallback option if they miss out on big-ticket free agent pitching targets, but even if that were to happen the Padres would likely need to eat a big chunk of his remaining contract and accept minimal talent in return.