No Talks For Cubs, Samardzija: Pitcher Headed For Trade Market

No Talks For Cubs, Samardzija: Pitcher Headed For Trade Market

It seems a bit early to start handicapping the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes.

Yesterday I pondered if Samardzija could be influencing the Cubs brass with his recent performance. Could Samardzija’s stellar start to the season bring everyone back to the table?

No chance, I’m told.

Actually, I was told by one source there was something like a 2% chance a deal could still happen between the two sides. So there is that. Another says Camp Samardzija and the Cubs aren’t even talking anymore. It’s pretty much fait accompli.

The Cubs are preparing for the phones to start ringing in the coming months for their own version of “Sharkfest”. There will be the usual suspects you’ve heard before such as Toronto, Arizona, the New York Yankees, and possibly even Pittsburgh.

Some doubt the Yankees would have what it takes prospect-package-wise, yet there is interest of course. They have a need for more pitching and the money to lock Samardzija up long-term.

The one team that could make a move sooner than later would be Arizona. GM Kevin Towers is on the hot seat from what I hear. He may need to pull a Shark out of hat to save his job. I’m not entirely sold that Samardzija is job-saver material, yet Arizona may have enough offensively to compete and get back in the race, or that’s what at least one talent evaluator tells me.

It’s the pitching that has led to Arizona’s awful start, they believe. So why not just bring up stud pitching prospect Archie Bradley? Some think Towers is afraid to put that much pressure on the kid, for fear that he may falter. That scenario could be the nail in the coffin for Towers, a source says.

Towers instead may just be desperate enough to try a “Hail Mary” for a former wide receiver turned pitcher.

See what I did there?

Towers could even move his 1st round pick Braden Shipley, a top pitching prospect, come July in a deal. I’m not sure Arizona will be in the race long enough to be players in earnest, but keep your eye on them nonetheless. Desperate times could call for desperate measures.

The Cubs front office is likely waiting for that type of call.


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  • It will certainly be interesting to see how all of this plays out!

  • I really hope you're wrong Tom, because I feel like Shark's departure will be ugly. Of course there's part of me that worries it's another Maddux situation waiting to happen. But I don't think Shark has shown the same level of consistency Maddux did.

    I'm more concerned about what the trade will do to those Cubs fans who are on the fence about the rebuild. The ones who love the prospects we have but also wish we had Robinson Cano. Of course this trade will only embolden Wittenmeyer and his legion of witless dullards (derp) and I'm worried those voices will drown out everyone else's reasonable opinions.

  • In reply to jorel1114:

    This FO operates with cold hearts and deaf ears. They have a way of doing things Nd it's probably a good thing. Samardzija just doesn't scream TOR just yet and that's the kind of contract he wants.

  • Fate accompli? A play upon words? Or did you mean 'fait accompli'?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Nope, it was a typo thanks. My editor is in Vegas.

  • Since Arizona was until last week the worst team in baseball (still is percentage-wise), I don't think one pitcher is going to put them over the top or even into respectability. It seems a stretch if the GM really thinks so.

  • In reply to jack:

    I tend to agree Jack. Yet, he could make a desperate attempt.

  • Samardzija to White Sox for their #3 draft pick this year plus some peripherals on both sides?

  • Just realized Sox & Cubs not in the "small-market pool" that are allowed to "trade" draft picks. MLB picks can't be traded. My bad.

  • In reply to denbum51:

    I would have no issue dealing him to the Sox. Just don't know if they would match up?

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Tom, they only match up if Theo could get Sox' coveted #3 pick, otherwise the Sox fall short in having the prospect package that Epstein would want - imo

  • In reply to denbum51:

    Yeah the Sox basically have the equivalent of the Springfield tire fire in the minors

  • Although I'll be sad to see him go, Theo also traded fan favorite and pretty much face of the franchise Nomar from boston to the Cubs obviously. Clearly they do not care what anyone thinks as long as they get what they want.

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