The Chicago Cubs have went back and forth on attempts to sign ace Jeff Samardzija long term, but the two sides have struggled to find middle ground. After their failed first attempt, the Cubs engaged in serious talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks about Samardzija but no deal was ever completed.
That sent the Cubs back to the drawing board as they again attempted to hash out a contract extension with their pitcher, but like before, there was no progress.
Now it appears as if the Cubs are all but resigned to the fact that they’ll need to move Samardzija and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says three teams have the most to offer the Cubs.
Efforts to re-sign Samardzija haven’t gone well, so Epstein is listening to offers. After this week’s draft, the discussion should come fast and furious, and according to one NL GM, “the feeling is he’s the guy who will get the most looks because he’s a front-line guy, a young veteran, and he’s been so good.”
So, who will go after him? The teams that have the most to offer would be the Red Sox and Rangers. The Giants would be third in line.
The Red Sox could certainly use some starting pitching, though, it’s not known how serious their interest in Samardzija would be. The Rangers are always seemingly in the market for an arm along with the San Francisco Giants, who would have a rather formidable rotation with such an addition.
In addition to those three teams, the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Orioles are said to be in the hunt as well.