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The Chicago Cubs have made no secret of their desire to trade starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija if an agreement on a contract extension is unable to be reached. To this point, the two sides haven't made much progress on such an extension, and Shark very well may be changing area codes by the time the Winter Meetings come to an end. His potential destination, however, remains to be seen.
Samardzija still has a couple years of team control remaining, and doesn't have a ton of mileage on his arm, having just completed his second full season as a starter for the Cubs. While he's technically the ace of the Cubs, his upside is likely that of a no. 3, or perhaps a no. 2 at best. Regardless of where he slots in for a rotation, he presents one of the better options available for teams looking for pitching, both through trade and free agency.
Aside from whether or not the Cubs extend or trade Samardzija, the major question at this point is where he could end up. There are...
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Until a trade actually does happen, the Chicago Cubs will continue to rebuild with pitcher Jeff Samardzija at the top of their rotation. That sentiment comes directly from new Cubs manager Rick Renteria. MLB.com's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat discussed some of the highlights from the Winter Meetings as related to the Cubs, and, naturally, Samardzija's name has come up...
Hold everything, Cub fans; there is no guarantee that the Chicago Cubs will trade starter Jeff Samardzija. In fact, as MLB.com's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports, the Cubs believe that they can fit both Samardzija and Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka into their budget.Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer spoke at the Winter Meetings, stating that he and the Cubs management...
We’ve been on pins and needles ever since MLB and the Nippon Pro Baseball league ratified the new posting system; will the Rakuten Eagles post their prize pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka? Tonight, we got what seemed to be the answer:
The owner of the Rakuten Eagles told @pgammo he doesn’t intend to post Masahiro Tanaka: http://t.co/MmeifFEIvs
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez...
Chicago Cubs team president Theo Epstein has worked his rebuilding plan since he took over the team's operations before the 2012 season. He has added much young talent in the system, and it may now be time for him to start adding some established veteran talent as well. Some of that that talent could come in the form of lead-off hitter and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo during the...
The savior of the Chicago Cubs, the chosen one who was supposed to break the curse of the Billy Goat, has decided to retire. Mark Prior, 33, has decided that he will no longer pursue a career on the playing field. Not entirely surprising since he has not stepped between the lines in a major league baseball game since 2006. Back when Mariano Rivera was a spry young 36 years old...
Working a bit without a net on this sleeper post. There's a chance that Anthony Rizzo isn't a sleeper due to how he'll be ranked by others. My guess (which is better than your guess, but not as good as your Uncle Rick's guess -- your Uncle Rick is a good guesser!) is Rizzo will outperform his draft ranking. I can see him giving top 50 value and there's no way...
The Cubs won’t be looking to make a big splash as they head into Orlando for the winter meetings.
Robinson Cano is a Seattle Mariner. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are New York Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka's future is still up in the air.
Theo Epstein is confident in the plan. As new manager Rick Renteria was introduced on Thursday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs president stood...
While some fans are still holding out hope for completing a trade that would bring David Price or Jeff Samardzija to Atlanta, Braves general manager Frank Wren seems more focused on making less-sexy acquisitions that could strengthen the depth of his roster.
"I don't see, necessarily, a front-line move," Wren said. "I see more support moves, where you are adding...
After adding hitters such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, the New York Yankees are turning their attention towards adding starting pitching. The free agent market for pitching isn't very strong, so they are looking to add one via trade.The Yankees are interested in trading for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to a source. Tom Loxas...
The Chicago Cubs are looking to upgrade their bullpen. They have checked in on free agent reliever John Axford, but are also looking on the trade market. They reportedly view the Nationals as a potential trade partner.The Cubs are interested in Washington Nationals relievers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, according to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.Of the two relievers...
2B Luis Valbuena ripped his third homer, scored three runs and is hitting .329 in the VWL for Lara. LHP Frank Del Valle allowed a run in five innings in a no-decision
The Cubs are looking to add more than one starting pitcher — which may become necessary if workhorse Jeff Samardzija is traded.
"We could well sign more than one starter," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday, shortly before Rakuten Golden Eagles President Yozo Tachibana told reporters he was undecided on whether to post pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and expressed disappointment...
There were times in the early days of the Ricketts family ownership where fans (myself included) might have thought that they didn’t know what they were doing. Maybe that is still true to an extent today. The Cubs had a small front office, possibly the smallest in the majors. They had a general manager who was a good scout but a poor evaluator of future talent, if that made...
Baseball’s Winter Meetings officially kickoff Monday in Orlando and the Cubs are reportedly looking to add relievers, at least one starter, an outfielder and players to round out the bench to the roster.
But the big noise around the Cubs during the coming week will be about two starting pitchers … one Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are listening to offers for and one the front office...
Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record Wednesday, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.
When Tom Seaver received 425 of 430 votes in 1992, his 98.84 percentage topped the mark set by Ty Cobb in 1936. A dominant pitcher when offense ruled in the steroids era, Maddux has a chance to enter Cooperstown...