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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.