Now that Matt Garza is gone and the deadline is a few days away, Samardzija rumors are starting to surface once again. There hasn't been much in depth reporting, but it's rumored that the Cubs are listening to calls concerning Samardzija. Of course they're going to listen, you should always listen. Just how intently and with what level of interest are they listening? Teams rumored to be involved are the DBacks, who showed interest a few weeks ago, the Red Sox, and the Pirates.
|7/27/13, 10:22 PM The DBacks, Pirates, Red Sox, and others have checked in on Samardzija.|
7/27/13, 6:03 PM
Here we go Shark stuff may have teeth.
I'm not exactly in favor of trading the ace, but I would do it no hesitation for the right package. Some along the lines of these: DBacks: Archie Bradley, Randall Delgado, Strkyr Trahan. Pirates: Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow. Red Sox: Henry Owens, Anthony Ranudo, Alan Webster. Those are some big time prospects in return and that's what you can expect for Shark. I think it would be great to knock out two birds with one stone and package Samardzija and Schierholtz to the Pirates for Taillon and Glasnow among others.
In all likelyhood the Cubs will try and extend him rather than trade him, but it depends on his signability. If Shark wants to play it stubborn and demand a massive contract then a trade might be very possible. I believe shark will be a Cub for all of the 2013 season, but this offseason if contract talks arent making progress, the trade possiblity is much greater. Shark is 28, has a young arm, and has shown great stuff. All that aside, he still hasn't been all that consistant, and has trouble pitching deep into games. I know people would be upset to trade the opening day starter, but it isn't like we're trading a cy young winner or a multiple time all star. He hasn't totally established himself. I think the opportunity to get two elite pitching prospects in return would be worth pulling the trigger.