The Cubs have yet another interested party for Jeff Samardzija.
Enter the Orioles. I've been told the Orioles want to add another impact starting pitcher but, they might not have the money to do so without going the trade route.
There is also been some talk that Baltimore would part with catcher Matt Wieters. Dealing Wieters would free up some money for pitching.
We still don't know if the Cubs will ultimately deal Samardzija. There has been some recent chatter that the Cubs and Samardzija's camp will try to hammer out an extension once again soon. However, sources say there isn't a great deal of optimism a deal will get done.
What is known is if the Cubs do deal Samardzija, they want young pitching in return. That's why even if the Orioles did include Wieters, the deal would have to be expanded to include either of top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman, I'm told.
Wieters is still only 27 and the switch hitter would provide the Cubs more balance in the line up they seek.
A deal like this is complicated, as the Cubs would likely include young catcher Wellington Castillo.
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