May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Will the San Francisco Giants trade for Jeff Samardzija?

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Jeff Samardzija recently became the first starting pitcher in history, to have a sub 1.50 ERA through his first ten starts, but yet still be win-less. The historical feat further emphasized how frustrated Samardzija must be. The Chicago Cubs are still in a rebuilding mode, and have habit, in the last few years, of flipping top players for prospects. With much interest, Samardzija may well follow suit.

Enter the San Francisco Giants, who lead the way in the National League West ahead of the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite their amazing start, they have already been reminded, how one freak injury could potentially derail their entire season. The deal makes sense, too.

The Cubs are desperately shopping for any prospects they can get their hands on, and the Giants should be looking for a starter to solidify their rotation, whilst having a plethora of young pitching talent. The Giants are no strangers to trading some prospects for an All-Star calibre player to lock up. A few years ago, the Giants traded away a few prospects and Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence, before extending him.

Whilst the Giants won’t be moving prized prospect, Kyle Crick, they could potentially move Mike Kickham, Juan Perez, Tyler Colvin, George Kontos, Chris Stratton, Jason Berken or even Edwin Escobar. With Matt Cain proving to be susceptible to injury and the inconsistent Tim Lincecum at the back of their rotation, the Giants could move for Samardzija before the trade deadline.

Samardzija currently has remarkable numbers, and would be a worthy number two starter for any rotation. His disastrous record aside, Samardzija has allowed only two earned runs in 27 innings in May and boasts a 1.46 ERA this season.

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  • ronthewise

    Giants, go for it and put Tim Lincecum in the bull pen, just like 2012 where he was so dominate!

    • ronthewise

      I stated that same thing. Go Giants!

      I would not trade Crick, who has the potential to be better than Samardzija but Escobar would be be tough decision. I would not trade Andrew Susac but anybody else in the minor leagues.

      • http://batman-news.com Ninja

        i would in a heart beat. Crick is struggling with command at times. Imagine this guy with Cain, Bum, Timmie and Hudson. Even if we have Timmie in the bull pen, this staff will dominate any team.

        • ronthewise

          In Cricks last outing, he threw six innings, striking out six and walking, only one, and giving up, only, two hits. He threw his fastball, between 91 mph and 98 mph, on purpose, to keep the hitters off balance. Crick pitched like this for the first time this year and had great control. I listened to the game on the internet. I would not give up Crick who is, only, 21 years old, and a potential ace of a staff, compared to Samaardzija, who is, 29, and a number two starter. Escobar pitched well his last outing and should be a nice enticement for the Cubs along with other goodies. Crick is our future and Samardzija would be our present and I know we have to give up other goodies, besides, Escobar who is young, also!.

          • fumf

            There is no way the Giants are getting Shark without giving up Crick +

          • ronthewise

            Just an opinion by you and not a fact. Other players are attractive and a combination could work. Just another opinion by me and I would not trade Crick. Sorry!

          • fumf

            Don’t have to know much about discussions re: Shark to know Cubs aren’t walking away without a top 50 pitching prospect plus more. Gausman, Bundy for the O’s, Sanchez, Stroman for the Jays. The Cubs will get at least one of those four if they trade with either teams. Crick isn’t better than any of those guys. The Cubs will be looking for frontline pitching prospects.

          • ronthewise

            Then, they can have Samardzija. I like what Crick did in his last outing and his attitude and it was like, something clicked with a great fastball and at a young age. His rating with the other prospects in the minor leagues will go up with that style of pitching, you know, changing speeds, not overthrowing,
            Samardzija’s ERA will go up as the season goes along and he will, still, be a good pitcher but I want what the future of what Crick brings. He is ahead of where Wheeler, was, at that age, and if the Cubs do not want Escobar, and or one of the Giants top relievers, like Law, or Runzler, plus a hitter like Duvall who , actually, can hit home runs and, even, a prospect like Panik, who has hit, everywhere that he has played. Then, the Giants should give up the dream of getting Samardzija, who I wanted the 49ERS to draft, as a number three receiver, several years ago.

          • ronthewise

            btw, the Cubs need hitting and power hitting, too

          • fumf

            Um, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have 70+ HR potential combined and they’ll be here in a year tops. They are pretty transparent about the fact that they need top pitching prospects in return.

          • ronthewise

            They better come and better come now, or the Cubs fans will be going to sleep. Then, if they are set at hitters, like you say, why should they give up on Samardzija? He has, already, arrived as a pitcher and prospects are, always, question marks and he is set for next year and a new contract for the following years would be appropriate too. If, you are saying, when our hitting prospects come of age and pitching prospects from other teams that the Cubs would receive in trades come of age, that may be, at least, three or four years down the road. Remember, when, the Kansas City Royals, were having all those great prospects, two years ago, and do you think that they are a threat to win a World Series this year or the next couple of years? I do not. If I were a Cubs fan, which, I am not, I would not keep trading proven talent for prospects, forever. and keep the base of my team, like Samardzija, can be! I am telling the truth, as I see it.

          • http://batman-news.com Ninja

            I wish it weren’t true, but I agree. The Giants need a starter like the Jeff or Price and Crick would be the only answer to get them. Only way for Giants to go to the world series.

          • http://batman-news.com Ninja

            29 is young too and if we can get him 2 years with current line-up, we can win all the way. And sign him to a long term contract given our good history resigning guys.

          • ronthewise

            29 is not as young as 21 and I like Crick a lot and we do not have a prospect close to his ability. Susac is intriguing as a catcher and outside of those two, every other prospect is moderate.

            It is true, that if we got Samardzija, we would be better but then there would be no one in the minor league system that can be a potential ace. That would hurt. Samardzijas ERA will not stay that low but he is an improvement over Timmy L. because Timmy has control issues but he is a battler and competitor. And a ten million a year, pitcher in the middle of the bull pen, is costly. If we get Samardzija, let’s hope Timmy will be favorable into going to the bull pen like in 2012 because if he is not, that might hurt the moral of our team.

  • LandisCalhoon

    It boggles my mind why — in 2014 — people still talk about wins as a meaningful stat for a starting pitcher.

  • fumf

    Article is a joke from the Cubs perspective. They will most certainly want Crick or Escobar and if Escobar, then a few other top prospects.

  • salukihawk

    Crick and Susac are a conversation starter for the Cubs. The Cubs now finally have enough pitching depth in the minors, but don’t have a potentially elite arm (except arguably Edwards), so I do not see the deal getting done without a top pitching prospect. Only Crick among the SF system guys foots that bill. Susac has appeal for the Cubs, as they really don’t have a projectable big league catching prospect in their entire minor league system.

    I don’t see the Cubs seeking quantity in this deal, but quality. That said, with a weak system like the Giants’, it’ll likely take Crick, Susac, another top 20 guy and a fourth, high ceiling under-the-radar prospect guy to land Shark–minimum.

    The bill will indeed be high, as he’s not a rental, and Jedstein have shown they will hold out for the right deal. Surely the package they seek will be much more impressive than even the impressive haul they got in the Garza deal last summer.