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Jeff Samardzija Rumors
The rumors are really heating up with the most significant rumors centering around the Blue Jays. Bruce Levine reported it yesterday and it is something we have covered here in the past, so we won't go into detail there.
Levine says the Jays are working to put together a package of young players.
Samardzija would likely be worth a top 25 prospect so we could be looking at a package headed by Aaron Sanchez. Marcus Stroman is an intriguing piece as well but probably not as a headliner. The Cubs have also shown interest in Kyle Drabek in the past. Drabek has a world of talent but injuries and inconsistencies with command have held him back.
Badler has some thoughts on other Jays players who might be involved. You can see his thread of Twitter comments here.
- He believes both Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman are high on the Cubs list.
- (Daniel Norris is) anywhere from a mid-rotation starter to a guy who flames out quickly. Moving in the right direction though.
- Another Blue Jays name to watch in trade talks is Tyler Ybarra. Lefty up to 96, plus life, above-average breaking stuff, control issues.
- Blue Jays have plenty of lower-level guys to add as secondary trade chips: DJ Davis, Mitch Nay, Dawel Lugo, Alberto Tirado, Richard Urena.
Levine also reports the Cubs have rekindled talks with the Diamondbacks and adds that the price will be high as the Cubs are looking for 3-4 top young players.
Separately, we have been told that the Nationals and Pirates will also pursue Samardzija aggressively.
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