Cubs Reportedly Shopping Jeff Samardzija

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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  • 07GreyDigger

    So long Mr. Samardzija. I look forward to the haul we get for you. I will miss your mustache and 80’s haircut, but not your primadonna ways.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Sammy Sosa……….Jacque Jones………..Milton Bradley……Carlos Zambrano……Carlos Marmol………Jeff Samrdzija…….
      Don’t worry. there will be someone new.

      • BosephHeyden

        Where are people getting that Samardzija is in any sort of league with those names? The man decided to forgo the NFL and being a first or second round draft pick to pitch for a team he grew up loving. He’s the ONLY person on this team you can say legitimately wanted to be a Cub. Whatever perceived attitude he may have that I certainly haven’t seen, he’s earned a bit of it IMO.

        • Tom King

          Agreed. Shark does not deserve the criticism. I would love to see him continue to mature as a Cub, but the front office must do what is best for the future.

          • Roe Skidmore

            Also agree, he has that competitive attitude that great teams have, never back down.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    6 teams…to 8 teams….to 14 teams when the Winter Meetings are held………
    I say the Dodgers and the Giants are the two other unknown teams that came into the mix…….
    and then we will hear the Red Sox are interested in Shark……then the Padres………
    looks lke the asking price keeps on rising with more teams in the mix.

  • GaryLeeT

    The 2 pitchers mentioned in connection with the Jays look pretty good. Especially Stroman who had a great year last year, and looks ready to move to AAA this year.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Get what you can…so long, Shark!

    I hope the CCO Faithful temper their expectations on what we get for Shark. For example, if Shark was on the Dbacks right now, would you trade any of these guys for him: Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora?

    I wouldn’t.

    So I don’t expect to get an immediately-ready MLB player, especially a pitcher. Otherwise, why wouldn’t that team just promote that stud farm pitcher to their big league club? Shark hasn’t had so much success that another team would feel he is a slam dunk.

    So I expect something better than the Soriano haul, but not as good as the Garza haul.

    I would expect something like 1 very good prospect, and then probably 2-3 with upside who are expendable due to recent injuries that have brought down their value (Olt, etc) or are high-performing players who were lower-round picks and seem to be over-achieving.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      How many teams right now that have a low cost power starting pitcher who still has two years left of arbitration?…..and still get a extra draft choice if he leaves the next team for Free agency….Cubs are in an excellent position to get the max. on Shark….see what the F/A/ pitchers want for $$$ ?……you rather have Shark for two years or a Matt (DL) Garza for $14 million per year ?……or a 38 yr old B. Arroyo?……or Scott Baker?…..or Maholm?…..or Feldman?…..or you could roll the dice for Tanaka………..or pay even a higher prospect price for David Price………..either way Theo is not letting Shark go at a discount… now or pay next July.
      Shark will bring a bigger haul then Garza……and I feel the Rangers will be in on the bids once Tanaka signs with the Yankees……….I also feel the “Dark Horse” in the Shark trade talks could be Kansas City……Zimmer, Venture & Mondesi for Shark & Schierholtz?……..
      I think Theo can understand now that Shark wants that “No Trade” clause and Shark will not budge.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        “power arm” doesn’t mean much if he isn’t very good. He has displayed #4-5 starter consistency, at best.

        And I would take Garza over Shark, every time. Based both on career numbers, and also watching them both pitch for the same team last year, with Garza getting much better results.

        Again…if he is so valuable, if the tables were turned, would you, as a Cubs fan, want to see us unload Baez, Bryant, Soler, or Almora in a trade for Shark?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Hey, there are 8 teams after Shark…..maybe more later……Quality Pitching is a commodity in todays market…..don’t like Shark, then go fish for Tanaka or Garza or Feldman or Price……Theo is not unloading Baez for David Price………..I would trade Soler for Price……but Rays GM will not do that……Theo is in no rush to trade Shark if his demand is not meet……remember, Garza return was greater in 2013 then what was offer in 2012.

          • Roe Skidmore

            Shark will bring a top package from a team needing that final piece in the rotation to compete for the long haul and years to come. He is a great value, still young, a power pitcher that is in demand to a contender.

  • J Daniel

    The comment that I like the most … “the price keeps going up.” This is the time to deal him as his value is high, he has two years of club control which helps the value go up, and they are not going to be able to resign him. Again, this may quicken the rebuild. The Rays and Mets greatly benefited from their deals last winter.

  • Tom U

    The pecan pie is out of the oven…lookin’ pretty good!

  • Theboardrider

    Unless Bradley is included I prefer the Blue Jays prospects. I like the idea of Weiters. He would add an impact bat that could perform now and really help. What do you guys think about Weiters? Ray it would give us that player you’ve been yearning for with an impact bat wouldn’t it? Or are we better off with a package of pitching prospects like Bradley or Sanchez?

    • Roe Skidmore

      If Wieters was an impact 3B or 2B, serious impact, yes. But Castillo is solid for for a while.

      • Theboardrider

        I kind of thought the same, upgrading a position that is already decey and potentially very good. But Weiters could be an all-star starter and 3-hole batter. But for Shark I want more of a relative difference. I want something we don’t already have, not an upgrade.

        • SuzyS

          Boardrider, Weiters is a nice player…but the return on Shark must be ptiching, pitching and pitching…no matter what.

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