Hair today, gone tomorrow. You may want to take in some of that Jeff Samardzija action against the Cardinals tonight because his remaining time in a Cubs uniform could be shorter than his infamous locks.
WSCR's Bruce Levine has recently, and often, speculated the Cubs may look to deal their current ace sooner rather than later, even as early as May.
Samardzija's remaining days in Chicago may be short, but maybe not that short.
The two sides have negotiated for quite some time without any foreseeable resolution; a trade appears to be the only likelihood at this point. Yet, from industry people I've talked to, don't look for a super-early deal. Any player swap of this magnitude going down anytime before late June would be rare, as this front office wouldn't want to limit themselves to a one-team market.
I could still see the Cubs jumping the market a bit though, say, late June-ish? Yet, mid-to-late July is still more likely.
That is, unless a team gets antsy and decides to overpay. Enter Toronto. The Jays have been hot on Samardzija's heels since last summer. I was told today Toronto realizes they would have to mortgage quite a bit of their future to get it done anytime soon though. Due to those circumstances, they would want to talk extension first with Shark's camp.
Keep an eye on the Mariners too, by the way.
Meanwhile, Levine says the gulf between The Cubs and Samardzija is as much as $25-30 million. With the recent apparent resurgence of young players like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, the idea of soon adding Javier Baez to the picture creates some immediate optimism on the North Side.
Keeping Samardzija and continuing that momentum is an attractive thought. But while that's something the Cubs front office appreciates, they also view the pitcher for what they see, both now and in projections. They see a 2/3 type going forward while Shark's camp may see his current and future value a bit higher.
Meanwhile, Samardzija hasn't done anything in his first two starts to hurt his value or contract status.
Here's to keeping that momentum going as well.
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