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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