Is a former Maddon pitcher not named Price on the Cubs' trade radar?
Cubs fans have been hoping for manager Joe Maddon to reunite with his former starting pitcher from his successful days with the Tampa Bay Rays.
They just didn't expect it to be James Shields.
On Monday, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark told the "Waddle and Silvy Show" to keep an eye on Shields.
Stark wasn't the only one. Other reports followed of a Shields trade to the Cubs.
Detroit Tigers left-handed ace David Price is the big gun whose name has been most talked about moving as a potential deadline trade. But Shields, who boasts plenty of postseason experience, could also be a valuable contributor as Chicago tries to track down a wild-card berth.
Shields played his first seven seasons with Tampa before being traded to Kansas City prior to the 2014 season, helping the Royals advance to the World Series. He signed a free-agent deal with the San Diego Padres last offseason. He's 8-3 with 3.77 ERA.
However, as Monday night went on, another ESPN reporter, among others, doused the concept of the Cubs chasing Shields. Ah, the trade deadline. Stap in, the real fun is just beginning.
#Cubs are not working with SD on a James Shields deal now. Tyson Ross would be the ideal fit. At right price, Ian Kennedy is a good rental.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) July 28, 2015
(h/t Sports Mockery)