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The Giants and Royals were scouting Jeff Samardzija last night

Jun 18, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Jon Morosi of Fox are reporting that the Giants and Royals each had a “high-level scout” evaluating Jeff Samardzija‘s start Tuesday in Miami.

The Giants have been mentioned as a suitor for Samardzija, and a lot of speculation — based mostly on the teams’ needs, not actual intelligence — has the Orioles and Blue Jays interested, but the Royals are new. I guess ripping off two or three great weeks of baseball and jumping into first place makes you a buyer. Imagine.

As we noted yesterday, the Cubs recently reached out to Samardzija with a new offer on a possible contract extension, but it’s doubtful anything will happen there. He likely wants Matt Cain money — something north of $120 million — and the Cubs are highly unlikely to pay that.

  1. blabidibla - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Giants please. But i have no idea who they would trade to get him.

  2. temporarilyexiled - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Matt Cain money? If only Matt Cain was currently producing for that money. Or if Tim Lincecum was truly earning his. And yes, who would the Giants give up? But they need to do something. Bumgarner and Hudson are money. Vogelsong is Vogelsong. They’ll need another money pitcher to do the alternate-year threepeat. Unless Cain and/or Lincecum suddenly turn back the sands of time. And I’m not counting on either one of them to do so.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Who needs starting pitching? The starting pitchers for the Giants are 26 & 20 with a 3.62 era. The starting pitchers for the Royals are 26 & 20 with a 3.77 era. The starting pitchers for the Orioles are 26 & 24 with a 4.28 era. The starting pitchers for the Jays are 33 & 21 with a 3.68 era (third best in the AL).

    There will continue to be gossip, but much of it will be just guesswork.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Exactly. The Royals need a bat. If they wanted to lay out money, and something in trade, getting Beltre off the Rangers’ hands would be a good move.

      • clydeserra - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        but getting beltre is nonsense. Why would the rangers consider cashing out 2014 and 15?

        if its third base you want, I don’t know, Casey McGehee is a maybe available? Matt DOminguez?

        don’t know what they cost or if they are an upgrade.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Uhh, the Rangers are ALREADY out of it in 2014 … no “consider” needed. (In case you haven’t heard the latest, Moreland’s on the shelf for the rest of the year with ankle surgery.)

        Therefore, if Jon Daniels were smart, depending on who the Royals offered, he WOULD consider rebuilding now to cash in for 2015.

  4. sisqsage - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Make the offer, Sabean: Sandoval, Cain, and we have 4 legit pitching prospects in AA-AAA (so pick one. Gammons said we have the best prospects at AA in baseball. You don’t need to give up our No. 1 prospect overall in Crick, so don’t pull another Wheeler, although the Mets are finding out he loves to walk people. A lot.). Then move Posey to third so his brains don’t get beat in any more at catcher (we almost lost him last week). Hector’s built for the blows, so let him take the beating. Call up Susac for insurance. Team needs to be shaken up a bit. This should suffice.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Sandoval AND Cain AND a pitching prospect? Or did you mean all four? They’re scouting Samardzija BECAUSE of Cain. You think either the Cubs or the Giants (if they trade him) are willing to pay Cain under those circumstances? The Cubs probably aren’t going to pay Samardzija, so why would they pay Cain? I do realize that it’ll take a lot to get Samardzija, but Sandoval, Cain, and prospect(s) is more than Sabean would ever do, and he’d be right. A deal may still get worked out. I just don’t see either the Giants or the Cubs allowing it to be larceny.

      • clydeserra - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        that kind of comment is why trade threads are maddening.

        Hey, we will give you 4 players for your 1! such a deal!

        Where does Sandoval fit in for the cubs? Where does Cain? People don’t think when thye want to upgrade their team

    • joelgold - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Team needs to be shaken up? What have you been watching? Yes, they have hit a rough patch but are still up 5.5 over the Dodgers and are tied for the most wins in the majors. So, what exactly, are you wanting to shake up?

  5. sfm073 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    What can a scout at a game tell you that hundreds of innings he’s pitched being on video can’t?

    • temporarilyexiled - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      It could be that certain teams have gotten more serious about a trade…or maybe that, too is an old assumption…and it’s really just that we’re bored and glad to read any rumor we can find. : )

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I know virtually nothing about the technical aspects of pitching. BUT I always notice stuff at a live game that I never see on TV. Not only that, with millions of dollars in labor assets being talked about….You can bet I’m sending my best people to lay eyes on a Pitcher I think I might want.

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