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Giants are “showing strong interest” in Jeff Samardzija

Jun 15, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday afternoon that the Cubs have already been in trade talks with multiple teams about ace right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Some of those calls have apparently come from San Francisco.

According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, the Giants are “showing strong interest” in Samardzija, who owns a fantastic 2.77 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 82 strikeouts through 92 innings (14 starts) this season. Nightengale also lists the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox, and Blue Jays as potential suitors.

The 29-year-old former Notre Dame wideout is making $5.35 million this season in his second year of salary arbitration. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent following the 2015 campaign.

Samardzija would be teaming up with Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, and Ryan Vogelsong in San Francisco, with Tim Lincecum presumably being shifted to the bullpen. That’s a lethal group.

The Cubs obviously want prospects in return, with a likely focus on young pitching.


UPDATE, 1:24 p.m. ET: The Giants are denying that they have interest …

  1. baberuthslegs - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Not sure how Cain is an effective starter this year. But if he returns to his old form that would make an amazing rotation.

  2. clydeserra - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    $17M long reliever?

    • cohnjusack - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      What’s the alternative?

      $17M for one of the worst starters in the league?

    • tuberippin - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:25 AM

      I just still can’t believe they paid him that much money on the new contract.

  3. drewzducks - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    If he’d like to experience what it’s like to win this year, looks like he’ll be Bay-bound.

    • clydeserra - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      he doesn’t have much say in the matter

      • wiscotom - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Anywhere is up from the Cubbies.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    It appears that the Cubs are trying to drum up interest by leaking the names of several other teams. The more interest there appears to be, the more they will demand. The more they demand, the fewer the teams that will be interested.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Too bad he’s not a Borass client … we’d have him going to three different “mystery teams.”

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Just 3?

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    could be a good fit, I need an image of the mullet freak with a bong in his hand.

  6. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Don’t need another righty.

  7. thisdamnbox - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Jack Z would probably gut the foundation for Samardzija in Seattle and get a mediocre Cubs bat with him to add to that impotent lineup…

  8. rap49er - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Second base is far more crucial. Can’t stand to watch Hicks strike out one more time.

  9. maritime85 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Lincy to the bp!.?

  10. Kevin Gillman - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    So, can someone tell me who the Giants have in the Minors they can offer the Cubs? Because to me, if someone is so great in the minors, Giants would have called them up awhile back to start, instead of Petit.

    • tuberippin - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      Being that their current prospects are fairly unimpressive, maybe they could package Kyle Crick and another arm for Samardzija. Other than that, they’ve got nothing.

  11. JT - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Who will they give up for Jeff the Cubs better take advantage of their valuable asset

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