When it comes to trade rumors we just cant get enough, right?
But when it comes to the Cubs annual talent sell-off, will there maybe come a time when this will actually get kind of old? Hold that thought. At the very least, the Jeff Samardzija market may make some of us a bit weary even before anything is close to being consummated this summer. Here is some news on the Cubs most marketable asset anyway.
There was some suggestive speculation the other day (compliments of the Denver Post) that had Samardzija linked to the Rockies. There may be some actual smoke to that fire, as I was informed that the Rockies are indeed having internal discussions about a run at the Cubs ace.
The Rockies are having a resurgent season thus far, and they may want to pounce on the opportunity to capitalize on Troy Tulowitzki’s MVP-like start. Here is the big thing: the Rockies' ownership is chomping at the bit to win, and they want to win soon. The Rockies GM could be on fragile ground if the team doesn't make the playoffs.
Those are very compelling reasons for why Colorado could be in on what is likely the biggest fish, or "Shark," on the market. See what I did there again? Samardzija has even increased his ground ball ratio of late, (how perfect) something that plays well in the thin Colorado air.
What would it take for the Rockies to pry Samardzija loose, you ask? I checked in with both my and your favorite prospect expert, Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus. Though Parks can foresee a possible match, he doesn’t actaully see why Colorado would bother paying the expected pricey freight.
“I’m sure the Cubs would take one of the big two arms and one of the big three bats in Low-A. But I question the Rockies interest at that price.” Says Parks.
Parks goes on to point out the Rockies could possibly have an internal answer to adding an impact arm instead.
“I'm not sold they would go for Shark when they could just bring up Butler and let him get in the mix. He's going to be very good. I think people are too low on Butler. He's a fantastic arm”, he said.
When Parks mentions the lower-A bats, he specifically means LH outfielders David Dahl and Raimel Tapia, as well as 3B Ryan McMahon, who the Cubs liked in last year’s draft.
The Rockies, however just adore those aforementioned young bats. Another source reminds me the Rockies could also deal a tradeable draft pick in lieu of an additional prospect. The #35 pick, a pick that is worth $1.614 million in draft pool money, the highest tradeable pick available.
Who knows where Shark Fest will lead us this summer? Yet, there may be quite a market out there for his services with they way he is pitching. Other prospective good news for the Cubs front office is Tampa's David Price may not hit that very market like many expected. There are whispers the Rays may get sold, and a prospective buyer may insist Price comes along with the package.
The Cubs still have another year of control with Samarzija. They don’t even have to deal him this summer. Yet, any chance of his being in Chicago come this August would be quite an upset.
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