These are the kinds of things that make this time of year so much fun. A day after Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports said that the Blue Jays remain interested in Jeff Samardzija but are waiting to see how the market develops, Jon Heyman says, "My client, Brock Lesnar..." sorry, wrong Heyman. Jon Heyman says that the Cubs and Blue Jays have not exchanged offers yet but that there is "zero chance" that the Blue Jays would agree to the Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, and Dalton Pompey package.
The problem the Jays have, according to Heyman, is that they have no chance of extending Samardzija, unlike R.A. Dickey, who signed an extension before completing the trade to Toronto, and Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, who trusted Jeffrey Loria.
Heyman says that the Blue Jays are more likely to pursue a cheaper, rental player -- and Jason Hammel's name is specifically brought up. Justin Masteron, Francisco Liriano, and Jake Peavey are also mentioned. My take on this is that there's a lot of posturing going on. The Blue Jays have an incentive to avoid a bidding war and putting it out there that they are absolutely not interested -- and certainly not for those three prospects -- helps do that.
In a separate article, Heyman mentions that the Mariners have been in frequent contact with the Cubs on Jeff Samardzija. The intriguing piece of this article is that Mariners' GM Jack Zduriencik was evasive when asked about RHP Taijuan Walker "He's going to be around for a number of years, and if you think he's the real deal ... we're not selling the farm. We're not doing anything foolish." It would certainly be a nice haul but I have to think if the Mariners trade Walker, it will be for David Price, not Jeff Samardzija.
Buster Olney jumps into the fray with some news on the Giants. Though they've been widely believed to be major players in the Samardzija trade market, Olney claims that with the holes they currently have to fill in 2015, the monetary and prospect cost of either Jeff Samardzija or David Price is hard to fit into their blueprint.
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