Could the Cubs Return on Hammel Be More than Expected?

After the Cubs were outbid on their off-season target and decided to go with ‘Plan B,’ the first thought when Jason Hammel signed his contract was that he would be flipped before the July 31 trade deadline. The signing of Hammel was viewed the same as Paul Maholm two years earlier and Scott Feldman the […]

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Is It Almost Trading Season for the Cubs?

While the Cubs are working on finalizing deals with this year’s draft picks, the front office is expected to start listening to offers in the very near future for players such as Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Teams, for the most part, have moved away from the draft and the contenders will begin looking at […]

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Cubs Agree to Terms with Mark Zagunis and Other Draft News and Notes

The Cubs have agreed to terms with third round pick, catcher Mark Zagunis, according to reports from Chris Cotillo and Jim Callis. Zagunis will reportedly receive $615,000, slightly under-slot for the Cubs third round pick value of $714,900. The Cubs have not announced the signing. The Cubs view Mark Zagunis as catcher, and while he […]

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Report: Cubs Inquired About Receiving Competitive-Balance Draft Pick as Part of a Deal for Samardzija

A day after the Marlins traded their competitive-balance draft pick (39th overall) and the assigned value of the pick to the Pirates for RHP Bryan Morris, Jeff Passan reported the Cubs “have inquired about receiving a competitive-balance draft pick and the accompanying bonus-pool money as a part of the package for Jeff Samardzija.” The Rockies have […]

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Cubs Reportedly Scouted Hunter Harvey and Orioles Low-A Affiliate

In response to the report Bruce Levine posted on Wednesday morning that the Orioles are interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija and the O’s have pitching prospects it would take to acquire him, the Baltimore Sun reported “one of the Cubs’ top evaluators” scouted Low-A Delmarva last weekend. According to the report from Dan Connolly, […]

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Report: Orioles Interested in Samardzija, Cubs Interested in Orioles Young Pitchers

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Orioles are very interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija and Baltimore has the young pitchers the Cubs would require in a deal for Samardzija. Levine reported Wednesday morning the Orioles “appear to be the leading team of interest in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes” and his sources confirmed […]

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Blue Jays GM Doesn’t Deny Interest in Jeff Samardzija

Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday the Blue Jays were no longer interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija. Rosenthal explained during the off-season the Cubs asked for RHP Drew Hutchinson in a deal for Samardzija, and either one of the top two pitching prospects in the Jays system, RHP Aaron Sanchez or RHP Marcus Stroman. The Jays […]

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Which Team Would Benefit the Most Making a Deal with the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija?

Jeff Samardzija made his tenth start of the season on Wednesday afternoon and for the eighth time he put together an excellent outing. Samardzija kept the Yankees off the board for seven innings, the third time he shutout an opponent this year. And when the Cubs gave away the lead in the ninth inning, he […]

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Samardzija Remains Winless, Cubs Asking Price Remains High

Jeff Samardzija has pitched extremely well over his first nine starts, the Cubs are not winning ballgames and the front office has not been able to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Samardzija. And the general consensus is that Samardzija will be dealt by the July 31 deadline that is if a team […]

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Report: Cubs Receiving Calls on Samardzija, Hammel and Wood

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, several teams have called the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. All three starters have gotten off to good starts this season and it is believed the Cubs would move all three pitchers in the right deal. The report did not indicate which teams have […]

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