Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

A day after Ken Rosenthal reported the Diamondbacks would rather revisit talks with the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija than sign either Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, Jon Heyman and Bruce Levine reported the Jays are interested again in trading for Jeff Samardzija.

The teams that were interested in signing Masahiro Tanaka are scrambling to fill out their starting rotations with Spring Training just around the corner. A.J. Burnett deciding he would pitch this season has given teams another option, at least those near his home in the Maryland area.

The Cubs’ front office would like to sign Jeff Samardzija to a long-term extension. Samardzija has said on multiple occasions he would prefer to stay and win with the Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer know what Samardzija is looking for in terms of contract and commitment.

The Blue Jays are looking to add at least one starting pitcher and could sign either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez without losing either one of their first round draft picks (both picks are protected). But according to Jon Heyman, Alex Anthopoulos remains in contact with the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija as well as Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez in hopes the asking price would drop.

The Cubs reportedly asked for a package of Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman for Samardzija earlier in the winter … and the Blue Jays’ GM found the cost to acquire Samardzija out of his price range.

The Cubs are looking to sign at least one free agent starter before camp begins that can give them “innings.” Paul Maholm and Jason Hammel have been connected to the Cubs multiple times in recent weeks.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Could get interesting before Spring Training starts.

  • GaryLeeT

    If there was a way to pry Sanchez, and/or Stroman from the Jays, go for it. I would have no problem if they sweetened the pot with someone in addition to
    Samardzija.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And you are supposing that they would be delighted to have Mr. Barney to “sweeten the pot?”

      I think he has no trade value. Soriano and $18 million got you a 25th rated prospect from the Yanks. He has a much better bat than Mr. Barney. I don’t think you’d get anything that is going to help you in MLB terms.

      • GaryLeeT

        This really takes away from it, but you leave me no choice. That last part was a supposed to be funny,

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Let me get this straight:

    The Cubs are looking to acquire an “innings eater” starting pitcher. Hmmm. Well sir, just what would you call Mr. Jeff Samardzija? He tossed 200 innings last year. Wouldn’t that qualify?

    You bet it would.

    Dealing Samardzija only makes sense if you are convinced that his attitude in 2014 is so bad that he will have the Zambrano effect in your clubhouse. He’s under control for two more years. You are not getting what you want in terms of prospects in return. It would be a bad trade.

    If they do trade Samardzija, and then they sign some scrap heap SP (like Maholm, who has been injured and has been showing signs of a skills erosion), then the season may in fact be the worst yet in terms of losses. They just might set a new record for Cubs’ losses in a season. (103 is the current record).

    How would you like to put that on your resume, Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Epstein?

    • Scott

      Having more than one “innings eater” is never a bad thing. So just because Samardzija is already on the roster doesn’t mean that the Cubs couldn’t be looking into acquiring another.
      The reports that have surfaced are of other teams with reported interest in trading for Samardzija. Not that the Cubs are looking to deal him. Each report states that the Cubs and Samardzija both prefer to sign an extension.
      IF the Cubs trade Samardzija, it would be because someone has met their asking price which is, understandably so, very high. No one is forcing them to make a deal, but they also would not be doing their job is they didn’t at least listen to people inquiring about their players.
      Sometimes…just sometimes…the glass does not have to be half empty.

      • cubtex

        Isn’t the 52 million dollar man supposed to be one as well? Just sayin

    • cubtex

      Shark wants out and is a longshot to re-sign. He still could be dealt before the season starts.
      And I agree. All the teams who finished worse than the Cubs last year have improved themselves. #1 pick is definitely a realistic possibility

  • mutantbeast

    Hold top the Stroman AND Sanchez for Spellcheck. Want him bad enoughs, Jays, then pony up the prospects.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Price goes up as we get near to the July trade dead line……will be many teams going after Shark.