Another day, another set of Jeff Samardzija rumors. This is going to be a crazy month and a half.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports jumped into the Jeff Samardzija rumor mill today.
Nightengale says that the Giants are showing strong interest in Samardzija, with the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox, and Blue Jays also in the picture.
The Giants make a lot of sense as a trade partner. The Giants have an elite arm, right hander Kyle Crick, atop their farm system and have shown a willingness to move prospects to add pieces for a playoff run. Krick has big fastball which touches 98 MPH and mixes in a plus slider. The downside is that Krick's results haven't matched his premium stuff in AA (3.88 FIP) but at only 21 years old the Cubs may jump at the upside. They have other intriguing arms such as LHP Edwin Escobar (3.86 FIP for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies) and RHP Joan Gregorio (3.69 FIP for high A San Jose). Escobar profiles as a middle of the rotation innings eater but he is close to major league ready. Gregorio, 6'7" 180 lbs, makes CJ Edwards look fat but has swing and miss stuff.
Ken Rosenthal has the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Red Sox watching Samardzija's last start. He also mentions the Jason Hammel to the Mariners rumor from yesterday. He says while the Mariners are, indeed, interested, negotiations haven't gone any further than that.
WSCR's Bruce Levine, however, attempts to dump cold water on both sets of rumors: "Where is all the sourcing coming from on Samardzija The reports are real , the interest questionable . @BNightengale @Ken_Rosenthal" Levine seems to be saying that the media reports are inaccurate with respect to the other teams' true level of interest. Not sure I entirely believe Levine but no question that this time of year has reports with far more smoke than fire.
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