MLB Storylines: Cubs still exploring Samardzija trade
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Here are the stories from Tuesday, February 25th.
- Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that with extension talks currently at an impasse, the Cubs may still potentially deal starter Jeff Samardzija before the start of the season. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, two sources have said that a Samardzija deal before Opening Day is a strong possibility, while another rejected the idea that trade talks are already in progress.
- Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that he would be "stunned" if the Indians made a late play for pitcher Ervin Santana. Hoynes went on to say that Cleveland values their first-round pick too much to make such a move. The Indians have been mentioned as one of the teams known to have shown some level of interest in Santana.
- Manager Terry Francona said that hard-throwing reliever Blake Wood is not only working on lowering his walk rate, but also on cutting down his time to the plate.
- Relievers Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen may start throwing in games a week later than other pitchers, in an effort to rest their arms for a large workload in 2014.
- For Wednesday's Cactus League opener, Cleveland's lineup will be: Morgan CF, Cabrera SS, Kipnis 2B, Chisenhall 3B, Raburn LF, Gomes C, Francoeur RF, Cooper 1B, Adams DH
- Wednesday's opener will also tentatively feature pitchers Trevor Bauer, Aaron Harang, Nick Hagadone, Colt Hynes, T.J. House, C.C. Lee, J.C. Ramirez, and Preston Guilmet.
- Thursday's pitchers are scheduled to be Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Tyler Cloyd,David Aardsma, Josh Outman, Blake Wood, and Mike Zagurski. Josh Tomlin will get the start on Friday.
Others News and Notes
- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Ervin Santana is refusing to lower his asking price as the start of the 2014 season approaches. Executives from teams interested in the righty have said that despite teams already being over a week into Spring Training, Santana is still seeking a contract in the $50 million range.
- George A. King III of the New York Post reported Johan Santana threw for seven teams in Fort Myers on Tuesday. The results weren't overly promising, as Santana sat in the upper 70s and topped out at only 81 mph.
- Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that former Indian Jim Thome has expressed an interest in managing at some point. Thome, 43, has yet to officially retire from playing.
- Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reported that Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia is set to have a second opinion on his left shoulder after undergoing an MRI on Monday.
Rumors did say they asked for him in Garza talks...but then they got Mike Olt (a 3B) for Garza from a Rangers. They also drafted Bryant last year (a 3B). Maybe they move Bryant to the OF and they have lost interest in Olt, but personally think the Chiz to Chicago ship has sailed. Wouldn't be opposed to it though if Santana proves to be an everyday 3B (though not sure I want to give up Chiz til Santana proves during the regular season he can handle it).
Still think Jose Ramirez is the infielder to deal to the Cubs. 2B doesn't seem as strong as the left side of the infield for the Cubs. Would need to include a pitcher too...Bauer or maybe Anderson. Cubs will want more but I wouldn't budge much from that.
I'm looking forward on following results from the following pitchers Bauer, Carrasco, Hagadone, Wood, Tomlin, Outman, Marcum, Harang, Adams, Lee, and Axford.
Position players: Santana at 3B, Chisenhall, Aguilar, Cooper, Francouer, Morgan, Bourn, Moncrief, Swisher, and Cabrera.
Also want to clarify I'm not suggesting we trade all our top specs for Samardzija. He's not as good as Ubaldo was and not worth as much. Cubs may ask for that but then you move on.
If the philosophy hasn't changed, don't think we'll see a 4yr/$46M deal for Santana when he isn't really worth it plus we haven't given a deal like that to a non-Tribe pitcher in....well ever?
Samardzija is going to get around $15M over the next two years (making $5.345M this year, one more arby year)....that fits into a Tribe budget and philosophy a lot better IMO than Santana. Not saying I'm 100% against Santana but at 4 years I am.
For the other Santana he might have to sit out year to get stronger or his career might be over.