The Cubs and Blue Jays may be close to a deal involving Jeff Samardzija.
I was told earlier in the week that the Cubs were working on getting something done by Thanksgiving.
Just last night multiple sources predicted the Cubs would deal Samardzija prior to the winter meetings.
When it comes to the Cubs and Jays, both parties are motivated to get a deal done soon I'm told. The Jays don't want other teams getting involved in a potential bidding war. The Cubs on the other hand are content to get ahead of the market like they did with the Matt Garza deal.
The Jays know any package has to include top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez. They also desperately want to go the trade route. Toronto doesn't want to lose any draft picks to acquire the pitching they seek, and they do not want to dip into the pricey free agent market.
I'm also hearing the aforementioned Garza would likely be the Jays Plan B if they lose out on Samardzija.
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