Cubs Reportedly Talking to Arizona and Toronto about Jeff Samardzija

The Cubs are listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija while talking to him and his agents about a long-term, team friendly contract. And while six teams have been connected to Samardzija, there will be other teams in the mix, if there are not already.

Two reports from Bruce Levine have confirmed the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks are talking to the Cubs about what it would take to acquire Jeff Samardzija. The Nationals, Orioles, Pirates and Rockies are also thought to be in the mix.

According to a report from Levine on Saturday night, the Blue Jays are “putting together a package of young players” for Samardzija. And a report from Levine on Sunday morning stated the Cubs “have also had talks with Arizona on Samardzija.” As previously reported, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will not give Samardzija away, if they decide to trade him. Levine indicated the “cost will be high” to land Samardzija and likely cost three to four top young players.

So far, there are six teams that are believed to be talking to the Cubs’ front office about Jeff Samardzija … the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Pirates and Rockies. Toronto and Arizona have reportedly been trying to acquire Samardzija since last July. The Cubs’ asking price was rather high then, and it should be even higher after he surpassed the 200-inning, 200-strikeout plateau this past season.

Blue Jays’ GM, Alex Anthropolous joined Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden during ‘The Front Office’ on Sunday morning (MLB Network Radio). Anthropolous would not comment on Levine’s report about Toronto’s interest in Samardzija. And let’s make this clear, Anthropolous did not deny or confirm his interest in Samardzija, but stressed he has not made any offers.

Anthropolous did say the Blue Jays are exploring all options, both free agents and possible trades, to add a starting pitcher. Matt Garza is among the free agents Anthropolous has checked in with this winter. Anthropolous would like to add one or two top of the rotation starters this winter. Anthropolous said he has not made any offers to another team for a starter, but he is inquiring on what it would take (parameters), in terms of prospects, to acquire a pitcher. Anthropolous admitted he is “talking to one club about a small trade” that may get wrapped up in the coming week.

The Blue Jays’ GM hinted the conversations he is having could increase before Thanksgiving with a chance to have a deal or two done before the holiday. But if he is unable to work out a trade next week, those conversations will likely be put on hold until the Winter Meetings. Anthropolous added that if he has interest in a pitcher on another team he will ask to find out the cost. The Blue Jays are also talking to free agents to gauge what it would take to sign them in case they need to fill a hole by trading players on his roster.

Anthropolous pointed out during a very candid interview, he is not close on anything (trade or free agent signings) but he is exploring every possible way to improve his team.

Jim Bowden thinks RHP Aaron Sanchez and RHP Marcus Stroman has likely been discussed between the Cubs and Blue Jays in a possible deal for Samardzija. And Bowden feels that any deal for Samardzija would have to start with RHP Aaron Sanchez.

Stay Tuned for updates on the Samardzija Rumors

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Once the better F/A starting pitchers start to sign contracts, the interest will really pickup on Shark……there are pros & cons of when to trade Shark, but I think it would be better for all to move Shark sooner then later…..I doubt if Shark gets traded to Arizona…..Gibson has a negative image for Shark…..when did the Pirates trade away prospects?….or the Orioles?……Blue Jays always had a history to make Blockbuster trades..so expect another Cubs to be included in the Samardzija trade…..and I like the profiles of Blue Jay prospects then what I see on Arizona prospects…………I just hope all this Shark trade talk does not hit a wall like the Bears running backs have seen today.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I agree sooner the better. However I believe you are wrong about Kirk Gibson not having a postitive view of Shark. From what I have read he is the main Arizona person that wants him. He’s a fiery guy, he appreciates Shark’s competitiveness.

      I think either Toronto or Arizona would allow Shark to shine. Both far away from his own shadow cast from South Bend.

      • paulcatanese

        And both are ex-football players.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        If they like Shark so much….will they pay Theo’s asking price?

        • mutantbeast

          I got news for Theo. I have 2 words for the Snakes. Archie Bradley. No Bradley, no deal.

  • Darrylx77

    Trade him and get some hitters in return. This team needs hitters. Guys that can draw a walk, steal a base, get some extra base hits, hit home runs and drive in runs. This team needs some hitters and some bullpen help. Trade him if you get get some players that can help you score some runs.

    • cubtex

      Yep. They need hitters, They need starting pitchers, They need bullpen…They need everything.

      • Darrylx77

        Agreed!!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          We seem to have a lot of young hitters, I would prefer pitching. But if we could get a top catching prospect I’d like that.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            It is all about Pitching.

    • 07GreyDigger

      They also need pitchers. You can’t trade your best pitcher and not get any back. That’s just silly.

  • SuzyS

    I actually would prefer they extend Shark.
    The next question after that…would the return be better before the Ray’s trade Price…or after?

    • Vivid_Reality

      I would guess before because once Price goes, a potential suitor goes off the board. I would also they rather extend Shark but if hes willing to go year to year I think the best move is to trade him. Its not worth the gamble to try and resign him if he hits free agency especially if he wants a no trade clause.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Price will be going to either Dodgers or Rangers…..and if Price goes to the Dodgers, then look for the Rangers to get in the Samardzija talks.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        How do you know this Swami?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Drinks with Cubs FO

    • BosephHeyden

      I’d say “before”, simply because, once Price’s value has been set, Samardizja’s will be set as “lower than Price’s”. And I just really don’t want to see what this FO does with an established bar they can’t pass.

    • J Daniel

      Suzy,
      IMO Shark will not resign with the Cubs at a home town discount. I believe it goes back to when Theo took over and the forced a pay cut on him.

      They are best off trading him now for a haul and speed up the the rebuild. Shark may or may not be a TOR, that is debatable. The only worry I have is that he is still young in the arm and experience. But, he is not resigning with Cubs unless they make a offer that is above value which is not going to happen.

    • mutantbeast

      Suzy, if the Snakes offered Bradley and Pollock, would you take the deal? I would. A leadoff hitter who plays an above avg CF and a top end starter?

  • cubtex

    Alot of talk that the Cubs will look to move Shark before winter meetings. Something could happen very soon.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Lets hope so…..will keep Chicago sports fans mind off of the Rose injury and the Bears game today.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I hope it gets done very soon. If we can get a 3 or 4 player package I will be thrilled. Guys ready to anchor our rotation within the next 18 months.

    • GaryLeeT

      If they move him soon, then they will use the arb salary savings to go all in on Tanaka. Not the Darvish “technically, we’re in” either, the real deal.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        they wont go after Tanaka. Their wallet is wide open, as people will tell you, but apparently it is only for improving the park and paying down debt.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Nets can only last so long. They need new nets.

      • SuzyS

        I agree with you, GaryLee.

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  • Rational Logic

    So when does the “stock piling” of young talent end? I do like to build the system, but Shark is a 200 IP, 200K starting pitcher, exactly what this team needs. I’m not sure giving up that is worth a few prospects given the risk. I’d rather sign him as he’s entering his prime.