The San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox are discussing a trade that would send right-handed pitcher James Shields to the White Sox, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Dave Williams of Barstool Sports first reported the talks.

It’s unclear if a deal gets done, but talks have “significant momentum,” according to Lin.

Shields, 34, has pitched well for the Padres this season, going 2-6 with a 3.06 ERA and a 56/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

While Shields has been solid, keeping him makes little sense for the Padres, given that they are 20-29 and 9.5 games back out of first place.

Shields is scheduled to make $21 million in both 2017 and 2018. In addition, he has a $16 million club option for 2019.’s Keith Law reports that the White Sox have made shortstop Tim Anderson “available” for a mid-rotation starter.

Anderson, 22, was the White Sox’s first round pick in the 2013 draft. In 43 games played in Triple-A this season, he has hit .314 with three home runs and 16 RBI.

In Dave Williams’ initial report of the White Sox and Padres’ talks surrounding Shields, he noted that Erik Johnson is a name that has been discussed in talks.

Johnson was scheduled to start tonight for Triple-A Charlotte. For what it’s worth, the teams website now lists the starter as “TBD,” as’s Chris Cotillo pointed out.

There is nothing to suggest that a deal will get done. However, there is plenty of evidence that the two sides are talking and that a deal may be getting closer to completion. Stay tuned.

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