Yankees Should be Serious Players in Samardzija Trade Market

Yankees Should be Serious Players in Samardzija Trade Market

Jeff Samardzija finally got himself a win yesterday.

The Cubs hurler has looked nothing short of dominant this season and he is pitching like a true ace of late.

So now let’s get back to the business of trading him, am I right?

I am hearing there could be as many as 12 teams in the Samardzija trade market. We are talking 7 teams with legit interest in making a deal here folks, not just kicking the tires. I shared similar info with WSCR 670 AM’s Joe Ostroski this past Friday night on his show.

The teams I hear are involved include the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies, Marlins, A’s, Jays, and Mariners in the serious lane, with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, Brewers, and White Sox as those who have shown at least moderate interest thus far.

The word is that the Yankees could emerge as serious players if they are willing to include key picks from last summers draft. The prevailing thought had previously been that the Yanks might not have quite enough in the system to get a deal done, but that does not appear to be the case after all.

The Cubs really liked some of the Yankees recent picks in pitcher Ian Clarkin and slugger Aaron Judge. Judge is a bopper with an advanced plate approach and Clarkin reminds some of this summer's expected high pick Brady Aiken. One scout told me he felt Clarkin was the sleeper of last year's draft.

Jon Heyman also had some thoughts on teams that would make sense as potential trade partners, along with what they may have to offer; he listed the Yankees first.

1. Yankees: They no doubt have the need, and now they are said to have the ammunition. Dellin Betances, who's dominating as a set-up man, isn't one the Yankees would presumably want to deal, but Manny Banuelos is back healthy and a nice new stash of hopefuls includes Luis Severino, Abi Avelino plus the usual strong catching selections and three No. 1s from last year with potential -- pitcher Ian Clarkin, slugger Aaron Judge and third baseman Eric Jagielo.

Samardzija and the Yanks make too much sense; the Bronx Bombers have lost CC Sabathia for an extended amount of time and they are battling the Blue Jays in what should be a tight race. The Jays have always been listed as favorites for Shark. I still put the smart money on Toronto.

However, the Cubs could do worse than to have these two teams competing for a deal. Just the threat of the Bombers alone could scare the Jays into paying the Cubs price. You always want the Yanks involved.

Let us also not forget that the man who signed Samardzija out of Notre Dame, and has always liked the pitcher on and off the field, is working at Yankee Stadium these days. Jim Hendry is a good bet to be in GM Brian Cashman's ear about what a fierce competitor Samardzija is. New York is a potential fit that could even keep Samardzija off the free agency market.

Start spreading the news, the Yankees could be serious players.


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  • A lot of talent in the Marlins system. I still don't think Yankees have enough.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    Problem is, the Marlins say they are doing the same thing the Cubs are doing, so why would they want to part with their talent? And if Jeff has any say in the matter, or if someone is willing to trade only if Jeff says he is willing to sign an extension, I'm sure Buehrle has already told him that Miami is a worse place to go, with regard to whether ownership will stand behind anyone.

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    Not enough in the tank from the Yankees. Blue Jays have the juice but are they willing to give it up? Stay tuned.

  • In reply to MightyBear:

    I really don't like what Jays have to offer. Like what the Rockies, Marlin's, Yankees, and I wish the Rangers would get involved.

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    In reply to WickitCub:

    Rangers aren't about to trade for yet another Cubs pitcher they can't keep.

  • In reply to Evan Altman:

    I know that but I really love Joey Gallo.

  • In reply to WickitCub:

    Right? Too bad they are out of things.

  • Why not just keep him? Here's a guy who's worth every penny he wants.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Apparently not to the bean counters in the front office. Otherwise, he would not have come out of the arbitration settlement saying that he hopes to have a good season, at least to bring value to the team if he is traded. If there were any evidence to support your point, the Cubs would not have settled the arbitration case, but would have given him an extension, such as what the Reds gave Homer Bailey, which was pretty much assailed here as driving up Jeff's price.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Because he wants to test free agency and won't sign anyways.

  • I'd say that anyone who suggests trading arguably the best pitcher in the leageu needs a head doctor.This is the ace of this staff for the future and appears to be bullet proofHhe wants to stay here, so give him whatever he asks and turn off the phones.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    See my response to AW on how the evidence doesn't support that.

  • I would keep him at this point too. Just don't know if things are too far gone. Sounds like Shark wants to be a FA. In that case, get the best you can.

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    In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Have you heard if he still wants a NTC?

  • I still think he goes to Baltimore for a package of 2 of bundy, gausman, and Hunter Harvey. I'm hoping the first 2 but that's dreaming. Maybe we can add a couple pieces to get those 2. Vogelbach, Alcabtara...

  • In reply to DeuceBaseman:

    All talks begin with Bundy.

  • How do the A's and the Mariners match up in a trade for Shark

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    I will get back to you on that. Good question on A's. They usually aren't mentioned as sellers.

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    I think it is unrealistic to think the Yankees don't have enough talent to be included as a potential trade partner. They have the talent, but none of those guys were top ten picks so people aren't as familiar with them. Aaron Judge is a beast. Ian Clarkin has a great arsenal. I also would think the Cubs would have a ton of interest in Gary Sanchez.

    The point is, Tom is right -- if you force competitive bids from multiple teams in a tight division race you are bound to get the best possible return. The problem is if the Cubs ask for too much and scare away teams. You need high demand to get the best return.

    The other thing is that none of those AL East teams will likely have a chance at David Price if Tampa makes him available. That drives up the cost to acquire Samardijza way up for teams like Toronto, New York and Baltimore IMO.

  • In reply to Michael Canter:

    Thanks Michael, getting the AL East involved in bidding is good stuff for the FO.

  • I know this could be far fetched but what are the chances a deal gets done this week so that a CB pick can be included for the draft?

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    I really see no way, but you never know when picks are concerned.

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