Storylines: Garza advises Samardzija to get out of Chicago
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Here are the stories from Sunday, April 27th.
- Ross Atkins, Cleveland's vice president of player development, revealed that Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez played through Bell's palsy most of last season. Perez's ailment caused him to deal with partial paralysis in the left side of his face. Atkins said that Perez could not even close his left eye and had to wear a patch just to sleep. According to Atkins, the symptoms began to go away just before Spring Training of this year.
Others News and Notes
- Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Brewers' pitcher (and former Cubs' pitcher) Matt Garza offered up some advice to current Cubs' starter Jeff Samardzija. Garza said Samardzija should just "pitch his way out of it" ("it" being Chicago) in regards to his situation with the Cubs. Samardzija's name has popped up in trade rumors for several months now.
- The agent for Jeong Choi, the top third baseman in Korea, has told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that his client intends to make the leap to the MLB next season. The 27-year-old Choi has hit at least .300 and posted an OPS north of .900 in each of the last four seasons in Korea, and is considered a five-tool player.
- Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post wrote that the Rockies could look to move Juan Nicasio to the bullpen once Jhoulys Chacin completes his rehab assignment.
- Chris Iott of mlive.com reported that Tigers prospect Robbie Ray could be a leading candidate to replace the injured Anibal Sanchez in the Detroit rotation. Ray was acquired from Washington in the Doug Fister trade.
- Padres' outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to begin playing in extended Spring Training soon. Quentin has yet to play this season due to a knee injury.
- According to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com, the Orioles do not plan to go outside of the organization to find a temporary replacement for injured first baseman Chris Davis.
- Lefty Michael Roth was designated for assignment by the Angels.
You could make a case Samardizja is better than all of those guys right now (though give me Kluber over him). He does only have 1.5+ years left but can get a draft pick for him potentially. Tribe surprised a lot by going after Ubaldo (though had 2.5 years left). I dont' see them making a splash for anyone that's a free agent (unless it's a minor deal) but for a guy with some controllability and doesn't cost a ton salary wise....I definitely think he's an option. Not saying it's likely but don't think he should be written off so easily....Tribe and Theo have a history of some big trades...(yes know he's not the GM but still).
If you consider our future rotation to be
Is Samardzija better than any of these guys? I'm not so sure. Don't forget that he's not signed beyond 2015 and will cost a pretty good penny to keep him. And If I'm trading quality talent for him, I'd rather have him for more than just 1.5 years- that's not much better than a rental.
I wouldn't be for it, mostly because I'm not convinced and think we'd have to give up too much for him and would only have him for 1.5 years.