Shields Added to Rotation, Coats Makes Bittersweet Debut
Sunday, June 5, 2016
A New Face at 35th…and Shields
The White Sox have acquired veteran RHP James Shields (pictured above and below) and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Erik Johnson and minor-league INF Fernando Tatis Jr. Shields will make his first start in a Sox uniform on Wednesday against the Nationals. He’ll wear No. 25.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Shields has gone 129-104 with a 3.76 ERA (910 ER/2,180.0 IP) and 1,899 strikeouts in 330 career games (329 starts) over 11 major-league seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-12), Kansas City (2013-14) and the Padres (2015-16).
Since 2007, Shields leads all major-league pitchers in games started (308) and IP (2,055.1) and ranks among the leaders in quality starts (3rd, 31), opponents GIDP (3rd, 178), strikeouts (5th, 1,795), shutouts (T5th, 9), complete games (T6th, 21) and wins (8th, 123). He has recorded at least 10 victories, 200.0 IP and 160 strikeouts each season during that span. His streak of nine consecutive seasons with at least 200.0 IP is the longest active in the majors.
Shields, who was an American League All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2011, has made 11 career postseason starts, including three in the World Series. He owns a career record of 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA (24 ER/72.0 IP) in 11 career starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
Shields is signed through 2016 and holds a two-year player option for the 2017-18 seasons. If the player option is exercised, the club would hold an option for 2019.
A native of Newhall, Calif., James originally was selected by Tampa Bay in the 16th round of the 2000 draft.
Sox fans also will be interested to know that Shields is the younger cousin of Aaron Rowand, the popular former Sox outfielder who now works for the organization and was a member of the 2005 World Series Champions.
“Believe it or not, Jamie was the runt who wanted to play with us,” Rowand once told whitesox.com’s Scott Merkin about his little cousin. “We were always like, ‘You are too small. Get out of here.’ Now, he’s taller than all of us.”
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn on the acquisition of Shields:
“We’re pleased to add a starter of James Shields’ caliber to our starting rotation. We believe this move makes the entire pitching staff stronger, and the club certainly benefits from his addition in terms of pitching depth and quality. He has proven to be one of the most dependable and durable pitchers in the major leagues over his career.”
Hahn also indicated he will continue to pursue trades that will give the club more quality and depth.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:08 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and nine-game road trip. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-5, 2.13) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (4-5, 4.11) for Detroit.
Q, the American League leader in ERA and among the leaders in numerous other categories, is set to make his 12th start of the season and seventh on the road.
Adam Eaton singled, doubled and tripled, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs in the Sox’ 7-4 loss to the Tigers in the middle game of the three-game series…Tyler Saladino and Todd Frazier each drove in a run and Jose Abreu knocked out a pair of singles…Chris Sale, who was denied his 10th win of the season despite working a respectable 6.1 innings, took the loss.
Jason Coats (pictured above) became a big-leaguer yesterday after being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte. The good news is that he reached base twice–on a walk in his first plate appearance and was hit by a pitch in his second. Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning he collided with centerfielder J.B. Shuck. While Coats held on to the ball for the second out of the inning with a man on first, he left the game with a laceration in his mouth. Jason is back in the lineup for today’s series finale.
At Charlotte, the 26-year-old Coats is batting .335 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored over 43 games. He leads the International League in average and ranks third in on-base percentage (.399), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.966) while appearing in 31 games in right field and 11 in left. Over his last six games with the Knights, he batted .541 with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI.
Jason is a native of Dallas and was selected by the White Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 draft out of Texas Christian University.
Tomorrow is an off day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Nationals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game homestand that continues with three vs. the Royals and three vs. the Tigers.
Photo of the Day
Now one of baseball’s premier pitchers, Q looks to end the long Sox road trip on a winning note this afternoon in Motown.