The Cubs are shopping Jeff Samardzija and as many as eight teams have shown considerable interest in trading for him according to a report from David Kaplan. The Cubs and Samardzija continue to discuss an extension but the two sides remain far apart financially.
The Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Pirates, Orioles and Rockies are six of those teams, the other two teams are unknown at this point, and interest in Samardzija figures to only increase as the Winter Meetings approach.
Kaplan confirmed the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks, along with the Orioles, are considered the front runners for Samardzija. As previously reported, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will not give Samardzija away and the price to acquire Samardzija is thought to be “extremely significant.”
According to one of Kaplan’s sources, there is a 99 percent chance Jeff Samardzija will be traded this off-season.
According to David Kaplan, Arizona and Toronto “have high end starting pitching prospects in their minor league systems and are dangling impressive prospects in front of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in hopes of landing Samardzija.” Kevin Towers could use Archie Bradley or Tyler Skaggs in a deal for Samardzija but Towers has remained consistent in the fact he is not going to trade Archie Bradley.
The Blue Jays, as reported, could offer a package of pitching prospects that includes Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman. As for the proposed deal with the Orioles that would send Matt Wieters to the Cubs for Samardzija, Kaplan’s sources do not feel that swap would take place unless it is part of a bigger trade.
The asking price for Samardzija is very high, and according to one of Kaplan’s sources, the price keeps going up.
One of David Kaplan’s sources does not think Jeff Samardzija will throw another pitch in a Cubs’ uniform.
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