What do James Shields, Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr.and Andrew Cashner have in common?? DA! They all were traded away by the Padres this year. Except for Shields (June 4th) all were traded near the August 1 deadline.
I know it has been a short time since the trades, but I was curious (which meant you were too) on how they have done.
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The answer is awful!
Here is the breakdown:
James Shields line with the White Sox is: 12 starts, 3-7 W/L, 6.68 ERA in 62 innings. 15 Homers given up, 4.2 BB per nine and a pitiful 4.5 Ks per nine. All way worse than with the Padres in 2015 or even in 2016. He was dreadfully awful for the “Soxs” his first few starts in June. Then he turned it around and had a very good July. However in his last two starts in August he got bombed for14 runs over a short 6 innings. The White Sox uniform has not helped him at all.
Melvin Upton Jr.is with Toronto now. In 14 games he has 41 AB’s and is batting a very disappointing .146. He has NO HRs and only ONE RBI., which is grotesque. He has three stolen bases but caught stealing twice. The American League is known to be a more “hitter” friendly league so this is not good!! Not good at all.
Matt Kemp in the nine games with Atlanta has 34 official ABs and is batting a whopping .206. His one HR and five RBI’s which I am sure are also very dissatisfying to the Braves fans and Management. Some new leaf he turned over in Georgia. Maybe the American League was right in not trading for him.
Andrew Cashner has had only one start for the Miami Marlins. It was in Colorado where he got pounded for 7 runs over 5 innings. He had one scoreless inning in relief two days later on the 8th of August. Not such a good start with the new team and their push for a playoff spot.
Except for Shields, I agree it is not a large sample size. However all four of these ex-Padres have dismal starts with their new teams and it is good they are not suiting up for the Padres.
Looking good AJ !
I will check back on these guys a month from now to see if it has improved or not with them.