Yankees Added to List of Teams Interested in Jeff Samardzija

The biggest Cubs’ rumor to come out of Orlando on Monday morning, the first full day of the Winter Meetings, was the Yankees’ interest in Jeff Samardzija.

The Yankees are looking to add one more starter that can pitch at least 200 innings next season. Samardzija would fit New York’s need but it is unlikely the two teams could matchup on a deal. The Cubs are reportedly looking for at least three young pitchers that project as top of the rotation starters. The Yankees’ system is barren, especially in the pitching department.

The Yankees join a list of teams that is believed to include the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Rockies, Braves, Angels, Phillies and Pirates interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija.


The White Sox could delay a possible Jeff Samardzija trade if they are willing to move Chris Sale. The Diamondbacks are one of the teams that would be interested in Sale if he is truly available and Sale will garner more attention than David Price or Jeff Samardzija by the teams looking to add a top of the rotation starter.

The Cubs are believed to be focusing on Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka at this point of the off-season.  The front office’s priorities could change depending on the starters the other 29 teams make available … plus if Masahiro Tanaka is posted.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Joel Sherman – Cubs definitely talking Samardzija but price high and 1 interested exec said: “they will get it or just put him back on the market in July”

  • CubbyDenCritic

    July trade bring in higher dividends from panic buyers……refer to Garza 2013 trade.

  • cubtex

    As I mentioned in the last thread. Don’t rule out a 3 team trade. Yankees have catching prospects and a Brett Gardner who can be moved.

    • cc002600

      Yankees have prospects ?????? no way

      LOL

      • cubtex

        didn’t we get their 20th ranked prospect and 18 mil for Soriano?????

        I know you are joking but if they can get Gary Sanchez(the Yankees #1 prospect and one of the top catching prospects in baseball) and a top pitching prospect in a 3 team deal that would be a nice return for Shark.

        • cc002600

          I am not familar with that catching prospect, but I don’t believe yankees have much pitching in the minors.

          I would rather see them extend Smarjidzia.

          • cubtex

            I am talking about a 3 team trade. Cubs would get Sanchez from the Yankees and pitching prospect from another team. Shark and a prospect going to Yankees and maybe a Brett Gardner and another prospect going to other team.

          • cubtex

            TRENTON — Gary Sanchez has the physique of big league all-star and the face of a college sophomore.

            This combination shouldn’t come as a surprise. At just 20 years old,
            Sanchez is Baseball America’s 34th-best prospect in all of baseball,
            which means that at the moment he is both the most highly-touted
            prospect in the Yankees’ system and still very much developing as a ball
            player.

            That can be a dangerous combination, especially considering the weight
            of expectations that come with being a part of the Yankees’
            organization. Since being called up to the Thunder on Aug. 3, however,
            the Dominican-born catcher has looked more like an old pro that an
            unpolished rookie.

            “He’s pretty good,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin, with a smile.
            “As a matter of fact, he’s really good. (He has) the ability to throw
            the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball for power.”

            Despite the jump in competition, Sanchez’s bat hasn’t missed a beat. In
            his 29 Double-A at-bats before Thursday night’s game, Sanchez was
            hitting a robust .349 with four doubles

        • Ripsnorter1

          Incorrect, Mr. Cubtex. The Yanks got Soriano and $18 million from us!
          We got their 25th ranked prospect.

    • paulcatanese

      Gardner could be the one that moves the Shark.
      I feel that if the Yankees want the Shark, they will get him, they have proved that they have no qualms about getting it done.
      It may cost them, but that hasn’t stood in their way with bringing someone in.

      • J Daniel

        Great point, Paul. And we know that JH is there and obviously loves Smarj. It is going to take a lot to get Smarj from the Cubs … this is another one of the difference make deal opportunities … they can’t screw it up.

        IMO, Smarj is good, but a little overhyped.

        • paulcatanese

          And I agree with you’re opinion, he is overhyped by Theo, but then Theo has him, and is probably the last true trade piece with the Cubs, and in my opinion is why they are holding on to him. Theo knows that if he doesn’t get the top offer for the Shark he can only get second tier players in trades with what he has left.

        • John_CC

          Isn’t Rothchild still there as well? Those two helped Shark a lot in his early professional days…

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I like the idea of a top catching prospect…I like Castillo but not sold on him.

      I would do it straight up..Shark for a stud C prospect, if the guy seems near MLB ready. Then Castillo is part of a trade package if/when the the new C is ready to join the big club.

      • J Daniel

        No need to do it straight up especially with a highly sought after pitcher in a market that continues to explode in cost. Smarj is cheap for 2 years.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          careful…being greedy could backfire. Other FA pitchers still out there…other trades could happen with a lot of better pitchers than Shark. And if Cubs wait for deadline and Shark underperforms (again) his value could plummet further.

          • J Daniel

            You are correct, but most owners can’t help themselves at this time of year.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            let’s hope you’re right!!

          • J Daniel

            Maybe they need to speak with Seattle?

      • John_CC

        What? for a C prospect? No way man. Look at the Yankee’s last “can’t miss” C prospect – Jesus Montero. He stunk in 2012 and last year he got sent back to AAA … from the Mariners!

        • triple

          I agree… looking at Sanchez’s stats and their trends has me baffled how people would want him as one of the main pieces in a deal…maybe as a thrown-in to put a deal over the top though.

          Level/AB/HR/RBI/BA/OBP/SLG:

          Rk/119/6/36/.353/.419/.597
          A-/54/2/7/.278/.333/.426
          A/564/30/108/.275/.343/.500
          A+/534/18/90/.262/.318/.425
          AA/92/2/10/.250/.364/.380

  • 07GreyDigger

    Hahn should totally trade Sale. They have nothing going on the other side of town, they should blow it up and do a full rebuild. It’s not like they have to worry about affecting attendance numbers.

    • cubtex

      100 % agree. With Sale’s violent delivery and frame he could break down anytime. Trade him now at his peak and they can get a huge haul for him

      • J Daniel

        Anytime you can get a large haul in return any team would be silly not to at least consider. These trades can change a franchise for a decade.

        Only thing is … prospects are prospects for a reason.

        Need to get a Will Myer type in return

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    White Sox would be crazy to trade Sale…that is a piece you build around. Having said that, Sale is exactly what the Cubs need…but I don’t see him being traded to the North Side anytime soon.

    The interest by the Yankees in Shark seemed like a no-brainer, but not sure what the Yankees could offer back???

    • Tony_Hall

      They are not shopping Sale, they are listening to offers. They would have to be blown away.

  • Tony_Hall

    You wonder how many times this happens in sports.

    ——
    And then you read this amazing passage from Evan Grant in the Dallas Morning News:

    By mid-day Friday, Seattle had heard that some team bid nine years and $225 million for Robinson Cano, so the Mariners upped their bid to $240 million and 10 years before apparently realizing the initial bid had come from themselves, too.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      lol…sounds like the Mariners need to stop drinking so much.

    • J Daniel

      can you say Alex Rodriguez? Wow, if that is true!

    • Sonate

      They’re (owners) as intelligent as we think!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bruce Levine – Source :The Rays and Dodgers may be matching up on David Price.

    • cubtex

      they are favorites right now to win the WS(according to the lines in Vegas which is solely mentioned for entertainment purposes:) If the Dodgers get Price to go along with Kershaw,Greinke,Ryu….Dodgers can make reservations for WS right now.

      • cubtex

        Big market teams have such a HUGE advantage over small market teams. I am going to go on my soapbox now and say that…We need a salary cap in baseball. No it doesn’t guarantee a WS but you have a great advantage. A 60 mil dollar payroll compared to a 189 payroll is so unfair.

        • Tony_Hall

          Salary cap, more revenue sharing, etc. The NFL is so competitive because of the national TV deals, teams only get the radio and local deals to use their market advantage.

          Baseball will have a really hard time changing that advantage that teams have with such lucrative local TV deals that are being handed out, because even with a salary cap, doesn’t mean that the lower revenue teams will be able to approach that spending level.

        • Eugene Debs

          I’ll bet if there was a salary cap, Slick Theo would be way under it. “The current economic blah blah blah…inventory…blah blah..”

      • John_CC

        Yeah, just like last year. Why even play the games?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Dodgers send Kemp for Price? Maybe they agree to pay some of Kemp’s contract? I would only do it if Price signed an extension as part of the deal.

      • Tony_Hall

        The Rays want young, cost controlled players, not massively overpaid injured ex-Superstars. Dodgers would have to pay almost all of his contract to make the Rays do this.

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