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Sunday, June 5, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: JAMES SHIELDS' ALREADY MINIMAL VALUE FURTHER TAKES A HIT IN MOVING TO WHITE SOX

Very rarely do we see impactful trades before July in baseball but the Chicago White Sox got off to a quick start there when the acquired veteran starter James Shields from the San Diego Padres on Saturday.  The Padres dumped Shields just a year-and-a-half into the four-year deal they gave him during their fantasy baseball-like, pre-2015 spending spree.  At one time a quiet low-level fantasy baseball ace or a strong SP 2, Shields has now become nothing but an SP 4 during his Padres tenure due to an eroding fastball blamed on his extreme durability and massive innings totals going back a decade.  With Shields' days of being a 180-plus K asset and with his always high home run rate going even more upwards, the move to the White Sox and back into the American League could be disastrous.  With Shields not even being that great in spacious Petco Park in the NL the last year-plus, going to an offensive park in Chicago with the White Sox could be disastrous.  Anyone who owns Shields should now grade him only as an SP 5 moving forward and it is not foolish to think about cutting him loose entirely as there is not much left to recommend there. 


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