Asking Price for Jeff Samardzija Should Remain High
The MLB trade deadline is approaching and rumors say Chicago Cubs ace, Jeff Samardzija, may make his way to a new roster.
Coming into this season as a starting pitcher, Samardzija has done excellent things for the Cubs. According to MLB, he holds a 1.62 ERA, ranking No. 2 in baseball. He has pitched over 61 innings, with a 2.86 FIP, ranking 18 in baseball. Assuming he stays healthy, Samardzija is going to be in high demand on the trade market. And the rebuilding Cubs should keep their asking price very high.
ESPN’s Buster Olney, recalls the Matt Garza trade to the Texas Rangers for C.J. Edwards, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and Neil Ramirez. Stating that it “was generally considered to be the best package of the trade season,” this particular trade could help indicate what a minimum price for Samardzija could be.
After the Marlins moved Jose Fernandez to the disabled list and the Rangers Matt Harrison potential career-ending surgery, alongside injuries to Martin Perez and Derek Holland, Samardzija may be on their radar.
Also, the Colorado Rockies might be showing some interest, according to a Denver Post columnist. Definitely will need my classmate, Cody Voga who knows much more about the Rockies roster, to weigh in on this possibility. Looking at their young players, they’ve got some great hitters who could bulk up Chicago’s offense.
The above possibilities may be a stretch, however the Blue Jays and Braves could definitely use Samardzija. Jim Bowden went as far to say that he would like to see the Blue Jays completing a trade before July. However, according to the Chicago Cubs Online, the Cubs have asked for Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, two of the Jays top pitching prospects, plus at least one more prospect.
A big debate remains that Samardzija is still 0-4 this season and has not had a win since August of 2013. Still, the numbers he is putting up by the way he is pitching speaks much louder than the losing record for the Cubs. The Cubs must keep their asking price high, especially at this stage in their rebuilding process.
Olney reported, “The Cubs need high-end pitching to match the strong collection of position players they are developing, an rival officials are already taking deep breaths and preparing for an extremely high asking price whenever they start conversations about Samardzija.”
As they should, Olney, as they should.