James Shields

MLB Trade Deadline: Padres reportedly 'pushing hard' to sell big names

July 27, 2015 - 5:31 am

With just four days left until the trade deadline, teams have begun to hit overdrive as they either build for the future or solidify their playoff bids. According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have expressed interest in acquiring a team-controlled ace for 2016 and beyond, which the Padres can provide. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote Sunday that the Padres are "pushing hard" to trade some of the players they added this offseason, including James Shields. However, Shields is owed $66 million over the next three years and hit the 2,000-inning mark earlier this year. ESPN's Jayson Stark tweeted that Shields and Andrew Cashner are the two pitchers the Padres most want to move. Cashner is eligible for arbitration in 2016 and will not hit free agency until 2017. He is 9-17 over his last two seasons with a 3.23 ERA and 195 strikeouts. The Padres also could move Tyson Ross, who is drawing a lot of interest from teams like the Blue Jays and potentially the Red Sox since he will remain under team control for another three years. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA this year and is coming off of an All-Star 2014 campaign. As rumors continue to swirl about Cole Hamels' landing spot, Stark reports that the Rangers and Dodgers have emerged as the favorites to snag the Phillies ace. A number of teams, including the Red Sox, reportedly have pushed for Hamels at one point or another. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cubs were the favorite to add the southpaw, just before he no-hit them Saturday. Another team has engaged in serious talks for the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon as the Nationals recently inquired about the former Red Sox closer, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Many have speculated that Papelbon is a sure bet for the Blue Jays, a team in desperate need of veteran relief help. According to Heyman, talks regarding Justin Upton have stalled between the Mets and Padres. The Mets, looking to shore up their corner outfield positions, are said to have balked when the Padres demanded one or two top prospects and refused to take on the remaining $6 million of Upton's contract. The Mets added Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves on Friday and they promoted highly touted outfield prospect Michael Conforto on Thursday. Tyler Clippard will be cleaning out his Athletics locker soon according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Potential destinations for the right-handed reliever include the Yankees, Nationals and Mets.