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Blue Jays “putting together package of young players” for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzjia

Nov 24, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Some potentially interesting Sunday morning hot stove tweets …

The Cubs have discussed a long-term contract with Samardzjia, but coming to an agreement could be tough after a few up-and-down seasons. The 28-year-old former Notre Dame wideout had a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 180/56 K/BB ratio in 174 2/3 innings with Chicago in 2012. He then posted a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214/78 K/BB ratio across 213 2/3 frames in 2013. Samardzija is arbitration-eligible for the second this winter and will be arbitration-eligible for the third and final time next winter. He can then become a free agent.

Toronto registered a brutal 4.25 staff ERA in 2013, which ranked 25th in the major leagues.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Don’t know if this is such a good deal for the Jays. They will get a guy who’s a career 3.81 in the NL Central. How well can he do in the American League East. I do believe there are better options out there to unload that farm system.

  2. missthemexpos - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Note to Blue Jays: Maybe try a new catcher behind the plate next season before depleting the farm on another pitcher.

  3. sportsfan69 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Why are the Jays trading for a player that is average at best. Is this a Leo Epstein leak to lure interest for his average pitcher.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      This story is probably BS. None of AA’s trades have ever been leaked to the press in advance. He has a policy of not discussing potential trades with the media. The only time that he has come out and flatly denied a trade rumor was when that bogus story came out recently about the Jays being about to trade Bautista. He did deny that trade story because it was taking up too much of his time dealing with the emails that he had received regarding it.

      • dondada10 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        I feel like the R.A. Dickey trade was discussed in the media. I specifically remember a debate amongst Mets fans between Gose and Syndergaard.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        That deal was done before pieces of it began to leak out to the media.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      This pitcher would not be an upgrade for the Jays. Just another reason why the story is highly suspect.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Maybe the Jays are going to try and move Dickey.

        Not sure, but I have to imagine they are disappointed in him and wouldn’t mind getting some return value by sending him back to the NL.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Not happening. Dickey was pitching with a bad back that affected his performance last season. He still threw for more than 200 innings.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM


        That was definitely what caused it.

        I’m sure he’ll be pitching in the 2s again next season.

      • paperlions - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Shark would be a huge upgrade for the Jays staff. What do they have in the rotation right now? They don’t even have 5 MLB average starters in the organization.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        “Shark”? You have to be kidding.

      • paperlions - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        That is his nickname….it is silly, but I ain’t trying spell that thing.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        I just call him “Creepy Puppet Show/Children’s Magician Facial Hair Guy”.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Do the Cubs have enough 4th outfielders and utility infielders to satisfy Theo Epstein’s demands?

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Blue Jays, rather.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        They have 3 fourth outfielders who got a chance to play in September due to injuries. On the other hand, they also have 3 starting pitchers (Morrow, Drabek and Hutchinson) coming off injuries who are probably better than Sam……a.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Jeff….Sam…ah….sum…are….Sumahprospectswouldbeniceinreturn anyway.

      • nbjays - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        I’m just going to go all Ted Cruz here and dip into Dr. Seuss and call him… Jeff Sam-I Am.

  5. proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    The usually unreliable Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that the Jays are circling Ricky Nolasco. Really??? If the Jays were interested in Nolasco, they would have included him in the Marlins trade last season. Sometimes, I wonder what Carfado is smoking.

  6. proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    If the Jays do trade for a pitcher from a Chicago team, that team will be the White Sox. The Jays have a history of trading for pitchers with the White Sox.

    • tuberippin - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Who would they trade for? It wouldn’t be Chris Sale in that situation. John Danks?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Sale is not available? Drat! How about Quintanna or Santiego? Pass on Danks.

  7. keltictim - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    From a guaranteed contract and health standpoint I get it, but I always thought Jeff was a better wide receiver than a pitcher.

  8. rocky100292 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Better chance the blue jays just keeping what they have, which is nothing much. The cubs pitcher not worth top talent. He is no David price.

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