Royals A Player For Samardzija, Zimmer Still A Factor

Royals A Player For Samardzija, Zimmer Still A Factor
Kyle Zimmer could be major piece in KC's pursuit of Shark.

Fox's Jon Morosi said today to keep your eye on the Royals to swing a big deal here soon.

He cites Jeff Samardzija and Ben Zobrist as the targets. Sound familiar?

We have even more good company as of today.

You see, Royals general manager Dayton Moore rolled the dice heavy to get ace James Shields in the fold by sacrificing talented young outfielder Wil Myers. With Shields (a free agent after this season) likely to bolt soon, the Royals may want to go all in now. Morosi explains further.

That could explain why a Royals scout was in attendance when everyone's favorite trade candidate, Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, pitched Tuesday night in Miami. By adding Samardzija, who won't become a free agent until after 2015, the Royals would acquire protection against the likely event Shields signs elsewhere after this year.

One major stumbling block comes to mind for potential match between the Royals and the Cubs: top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer is going to miss some time (5-7 weeks) with an injury.

The good news, I'm told, is that it's not as serious as some fear. There is always concern when shoulders are involved but I'm informed this is more of a muscular issue. Just an injury, not any wear and tear concerns. This could be big. The Cubs like Zimmer; Hoyer scouted him personally while in San Diego.

Yesterday, reports came out that Samardzija's camp rejected a 5 year, $85 million offer. I'm hearing Shark's camp now wants something in the 6/120 range and I told WSCR 670 AM's Joe Ostrowski as much last night on my visit with him.

These negotiations are going nowhere at those figures. If they were, they would still be at the bargaining table and not leaking this stuff to the media, like they said they wouldn't.

Now the Cubs will move forward. They need to obtain a MLB-ready arm, in my opinion. Zimmer is that. He would likely be ready for a return this Septmemeber with a strong likelihood at the rotation next spring.

If the Cubs get the right medicals on Zimmer things could take shape for a deal.


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  • With Zimmer headlining, what else could the Cubs expect to acquire in a trade for Samardzija

  • With the Royals having a 10 game winning streak, and stomping the Tigers, they may want some insurance.

    However, why is it assumed that some injured pitcher is all that can be offered?

  • In reply to jack:

    They have more but he would most likely be the headliner.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    Kevin, anyone else come to m ind? Bubba Starling, or if not Zimmer, Ventura?

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    In reply to mutant beast:

    Is Bubba Starling doing better at all? I've not followed him, but last I heard, the steak wasn't living up to the sizzle.

  • In reply to Evan Altman:

    No, BUbba so far is major disappointment. He likely at his current pace might not make the Royals to 10 next year. Seems hes got the same problem Vitters has. Zero plate discipline.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    If it's not zimmer I don't see it happeninf.

  • Didn't the royals scout Hammel too? Besides Zimmer, Sean Manea would be a nice pickup. Royals have a nice farm but I don't know that they have what it would take to get Shark and Zobrist.

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