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.