The Jeff Samardzija rumors simply won't go away.
At least not until an extension is signed or he is actually dealt. I do believe the latter is much more realistic.
I was recently convinced, however, the Cubs wouldn’t deal their ace until closer to the July deadline. Then you have more reports today that link the Mariners to Samardzija.
I still figure any team that is looking for pitching has Samardzija on their radar. Teams like the Mariners still favor the remaining free agent arms out there as a first option.
You hear most teams still think the Cubs asking price is high, making a deal an alternative.
Teams would prefer not to pay dearly for what many view as a number 3 pitcher. The Cubs front office seemingly would want teams to pay for what Samardzija can still be, not for what he is.
That’s a gamble some aren't willing to make.
When it comes to the Mariners, a source says they inquired with the Cubs on what it would take to get James Russell included in a potential deal. It appears the Cubs would be seeking a Garza like return with more emphasis on pitching.
A deal could include up to 5 or 6 names in return.
The rub would be the Mariners system lacks MLB ready arms they would make available. They do hoever, have some big arms at the A level.
While the teams are just feeling each other out, James Paxton, Edwin Diaz, Tyler Pike, and Luiz Gohara were mentioned as names to watch if talks ensue.
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