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White Sox reportedly closing in on deal for Padres' James Shields

White Sox reportedly closing in on deal for Padres' James Shields

The White Sox are reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire pitcher James Shields from the San Diego Padres.

The teams have discussed a trade for Shields, who is roughly owed $58 million on his current contract, since at least last weekend when the White Sox were in Kansas City.

One name that has surfaced in industry chatter throughout the week — and is reportedly a Padres target, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune — is White Sox farmhand Fernando Tatis Jr. The club signed Tatis, whose father played for five teams and hit 34 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, last July to an international deal for $700,000.

It is believed the Padres would have to assume a healthy portion of the salary owed to Shields, who is 2-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 11 starts this season. Shields’ ERA sat at 3.06 before his last outing in Seattle earlier this week when he allowed a career-high 10 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

One National League scout believes Shields would thrive playing for a contending team. Shields won 97 out of 124 career decisions in nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals, including 14 games en route to an American League pennant in 2014.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has made no secret he wants to try and add on to a team that has slumped of late after a very hot start. The White Sox are 6-16 since they won 23 of their first 33 games and sit in third place in the AL Central.

The White Sox have at least $11.5 million of wiggle room this season after the abrupt retirement of Adam LaRoche in March. LaRoche was set to earn $13 million this season but forfeited all of it to retire. The White Sox signed Miguel Gonzalez to a deal in April that would max out at $1.5 million.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.