Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija reacts after giving up a 2-run home run to Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Miller Park. Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Blue Jays putting together package for Jeff Samardzija


According to Bruce Levine of WSCR 670 the Score in Chicago (h/t Bluebird Banter for sharing) a source has said that the Toronto Blue Jays are “putting together a package of young players” for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

This is hardly the first time that Samardzija’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Blue Jays but this seems to at least further indicate that the club is in fact interested in 28-year-old pitcher shown as the Shark.

Samardzija is a hard-throwing right-hander that throws a four-seam/sinker combination both at around 95 MPH according to Brooks Baseball. He’s a strikeout pitcher that was good for exactly one K per inning this year and his career 4.19 ERA is bettered by his 3.94 FIP and 3.82 SIERA.

The question for Blue Jays fans however is most likely who could be involved from the Jays side? Could Aaron Sanchez or Marcus Stroman be in play? The Shark has two more years of team control but with baseball becoming a young man’s game it would be a steep price to pay in my opinion if the Blue Jays had to part with either potential stud.

That being said, the Cubs aren’t exactly going to give Samardzija away either so if the Jays do have hopes of landing him it’s very possible one of the two could be in play. And there’s that whole thing about Alex Anthopoulos trying to keep his job, which makes some wonder if the future will be further sacrificed to win now.

Anyways this could be a whole lot to do about nothing but then again maybe there could in fact be something here.

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  • Andrew van Laar

    I am praying the don’t trade one of our studs. If they are thinking about that, I think they could get a better player then Samardzija.

  • david s

    Please not Stroman or Sanchez.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      If it’s some sort of combination of Gose/Drabek/Norris/Happ/Nolin I’d probably be okay with that.

      • Bob Loblaw

        They’ll be looking for youth so Happ is out, I’d think. Their pen sucks too so if a reliever could be included, and that lowers the ranking of pitching prospect required, that’d be just great.

      • Andrew van Laar

        If they would take Happ, I would sooooo be down for that. I’d rather not see Gose leave (because of my well know dislike for Rasmus) but i’d rather him then Stroman of Sanchez.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          Yeah getting rid of Happ was more of a pipe dream of salary relief but who knows maybe the could see him in their rotation as a 2014 stop gap.

  • Hawkguy

    Bruce Levine doesn’t work for ESPN. He works for WSCR 670 the Score in Chicago.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Thanks for the update. You should tell him to update his Twitter bio too!

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  • Earl Scott

    Do you guys really want our “GIRLIE MAN”? Then give uws something in return. Epstein HAS to look like he is trading for the bettermewnt of OUR CUBBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jensan

      Not Really. we will leave the old Lincecum look a like for other teams,

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  • Jensan

    We need to sign a veteran presance who has won before (Aka Ellsbury) and than we need to either take AZ offer of Holmberg, Skaggs or Toronto’s of Sanchez and either Stroman,Nolin, Drabek and run with it! . This is what cubs fans are looking for Pitching. Not that they exactly know, but Pitching, Pitcinhg. Nolin,+Osuna+Drabek+Cecil for SHARK, HOWEVER, my personal belief is Trevor Cahill for less.

    How about Sanchez+Goes+Nolin+Jansen for Trevor Cahill +Didi G.+ Skaggs.