Cardinals acquire: RHP James Shields, Cash
Why it makes sense for St. Louis:
The Cardinals–whether they will admit it or not–would really like to add a top-of-the-line starting pitcher, which is why they went after David Price, and came up just short. If San Diego eats some of Shields’ contract, he can very good for the Cardinals. Not only does Shields have the post-season experience, and even after a sub-par season for the Padres last year, still posted a decent 3.91 ERA and 1.334 WHIP. It’s no secret that pitchers–all players, actually–tend to play better in the environment of St. Louis. Shields could join Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha at the top of the Cardinals’ rotation, and be a very valuable piece.
Why it makes sense for San Diego:
The Padres are simply attempting to make up for some mistakes they made last winter–one being Shields. They will have to pay at least some of Shields’ deal in this trade, but in return get some valuable pieces. Greg Garcia, 26, has the potential to be an everyday shortstop, something the Padres have coveted for a long time. Plus, San Diego gets Brandon Moss to slot in the outfield in place of the likely departure of Justin Upton. Moss hit .250 with a .344 OBP with St. Louis last season, showing how he may be an even better hitter in the National League. The Padres have the rotation depth to overcome the loss of Shields, and improve their infield and outfield, as well as financial flexibility in this trade.