San Francisco Giants: Starting pitchers they could trade for

By Danny Vietti
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Aug 18, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields (33) reacts after getting out of the fourth inning with the bases loaded on a double play against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

RHP James Shields #33

After winning the Shield’s bidding war to the Padres just last off-season, a dispointing year down by the beach has led to an already dumping of their newly acquired players. Late Friday evening, San Diego announced that they traded All Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the Boston Red Sox.

Nonetheless, the Padres young GM, A.J. Preller, is unpredictable in that he is seemingly always looking to make a move to somehow make his team into a contender some time soon. Preller would love to acquire a guy like Susac or Black who both have so much potential and promise.

Shields is not an unfamiliar topic in San Francisco as they reported to have offered Shields a contract last off-season. In his MLB leading 33 starts this year, Shields was 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Clearly, Big Game James still has the swing-and-miss stuff, but little run support and poor defense was detrimental to the results.

If San Francisco can find a way to persuade Preller to deal within the division once again, Shields would be a great veteran fit who has plenty of postseason experience.

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