According to a tweet by Chicago analyst Bruce Levine for WSCR-AM, and an earlier story by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Jays continue to be the front-runners for acquiring Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs.
Confirming Jays interest in Jeff Samardzija. @JonHeymanCBS . Cubs still trying to sign pitcher . Jays have been most aggressive team .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 28, 2014
Back in November rumours swirled about the Jays trying to work out a deal for Samardzija. As more rumours developed, there became an indication that the Jays would need to part with at least one of their top prospects, such as Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. This raised questions about whether it would be worth making such a move.
At this point there is no certainty, and even if the Jays are indeed the front-runners, there is no indication what kind of trade is being discussed.
Further complicating matters is the recent development that A.J. Burnett has elected not to retire (as was previously expected) and will not likely re-sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This certainly helps the Jays as another quality arm unexpectedly enters the market.
The 29 year old Samardzija had a disappointing 2013 posting a 4.34 ERA with only eight wins. Still he shows promise in other areas, such as his strike-out per inning rate.
Who do you think is the best available option for the Jays pitching rotation?