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White Sox acquire James Shields from the Padres


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported this afternoon that the White Sox and Padres agreed to the framework of a trade involving pitcher James Shields. CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes reports that the deal is done and pitcher Erik Johnson is headed to the Padres. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will also receive outfielder Fernando Tatis, Jr., son of the former major leaguer. The White Sox will cover more than $30 million of Shields’ remaining salary, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Heyman added that Shields is unlikely to opt out of his contract after the season, as would be his right. He will have two years and $44 million remaining on the contract.

Interest in Shields was first reported last Sunday. Shortly thereafter, the right-hander gave up 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Mariners, but that apparently didn’t dampen the effort the White Sox put in to reach a deal. Shields currently stands with a 2-7 record, a 4.28 ERA, and a 57/27 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. While the numbers aren’t currently impressive, Shields posted a sub-4.00 ERA from 2011-15 while pitching at least 200 innings.

Shields bolsters a White Sox rotation that has a severe drop off in quality after Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. The club lost seven games in a row from May 24-30 and is 6-16 since May 10.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”