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Diamondbacks discussing Jeff Samardzija deal with Cubs

Nov 4, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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Buster Olney of ESPN.com has a juicy rumor, reporting that the Diamondbacks and Cubs are talking about a potential Jeff Samardzija trade after previously engaging in some talks around the trade deadline.

Samardzija is 29 years old and under team control for 2014 and 2015, but he’s about to get expensive via arbitration and failed to build on a nice 2012 by taking a step backward this year. Of course, even that step backward included racking up 214 strikeouts in 214 innings, but Samardzija posted a 4.33 ERA and now has a 4.32 ERA in 66 career starts.

Adding to the intrigue of a potential move to Arizona is that Samardzija and then-Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams got into a weird little shouting match during a June game and afterward Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that Samardzija should “shut the [bleep] up and pitch.” Williams is now the Nationals’ manager and Gibson would surely be willing to forget and forgive to add a mid-90s throwing starter to the rotation.

  1. hwkeycubronco - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Has the million dollar arm but his mental let downs are Zambrano like and that is not a compliment. Trade him while you can get good prospects.

  2. boyofzimmer - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Future is bright… Let’s add to the stockpile and turn him into several young pitchers!

    • stex52 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      He had some good games last year. But hard to see with that ERA who is going to give up several prospects. I would think one good one will be a reasonable haul.

  3. NYTolstoy - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I love baseball season but right behind it I love the hot stove season. Trades signs predictions everyone hoping of what can be. Suprise signings and “mystery teams” It’s a beautiful time of the year and I plan to enjoy these rumor mills for the months to come.

  4. thebadguyswon - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    If I was the Cubs GM and I could bilk Arizona out of something valuable for this clown, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  5. bigdaddy44 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    He had the potential to be a great NFL wide receiver. His body might thank him when he gets older, but as far as success goes, he picked the wrong sport.

    • Patrick R. - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Baseball contracts are

    • Patrick R. - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Baseball contracts are Guaranteed, AAV is much higher, and players have much longer careers. In what world did he choose the wrong sport??

      • 18thstreet - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Also, he’ll have the same brain in his retirement years as he did in him mid-20s, which is a plus.

        Why would anyone rather play football than baseball, if you were good enough to do either? I can understand why a fan might like one sport better than the other. But for the players? C’mon.

      • Patrick R. - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Absolutely.

    • bigmeechy74 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      No he didn’t.

  6. abnparatrooper - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    He picked the wrong sport because he could have had a lot more success as an NFL WR than he is having as a MLB SP.

    • Alex K - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      But his head isn’t getting bashed into the ground and 275 pound men aren’t running full speed at him in an effort to bring him to the ground by almost any means. I think he picked the right sport.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      He’s already earned $17,580,000. He’ll probably make another $40 million — at LEAST — before he’s through.

  7. boomer1451 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Sweet report… Who would the Cubs potentially get in return?

  8. numbr4stuna - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    This trade has the potential to be amazing for both sides. Some reports are stating that the Diamond backs are going after former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. Shark has the raw tools to be dominant and Dunc’ can get the most out of any pitcher. Meanwhile the Cubs need to continue to stockpile talent for the future. Hope this works out.

    • numbr4stuna - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Diamondbacks*

      • gbrim - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        DBacks don’t need to empty their farm system to get this guy and pay him big dollars they don’t have. Keep the young arms and develop them–they are good enough you will get quality pitching at an affordable price for years.

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