Could Samardzija still end up with O's?

Could Samardzija still end up with O's?
December 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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As the offseason seems to race by and the Orioles have done little to address issues with the roster, we’re left to look at rumors that started up more than a month ago but have yet to come to fruition. Such as Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

The Orioles continue to be one of the teams mentioned as a possible trade partner for the Cubs. Samardzija — who probably ranks second in the majors in number of times his last name is misspelled, behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia — is coming off an 8-13 season with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts for a woeful Chicago team. But he gave up 210 hits in 213 2/3 innings and had 214 strikeouts.

The Cubs reportedly would want a lot to move Samardzija, maybe two or more prospects from the Orioles. Our baseball maven Rich Dubroff asked last month whether the O’s would deal Eduardo Rodriguez or Mike Wright in a trade for Samardzija, but some speculation has it that the Cubs might want both.

Meanwhile, Samardzija, who turns 29 next month, recently told CSNChicago.com that he would like to stay with the Cubs.

“My first preference is to win here and be a success here,” Samardzija said. “I know the upside that comes with surviving through this. Just the personal gratification I would get for battling through these few years and then down the road when we’d be looking back on this – [that’s] what really excites me.”

It might be a while longer before the Cubs would make a move with him, CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney wrote.

“Multiple industry sources have predicted the Cubs will let the free-agent market play out — Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana are still on the board — and see what happens with the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes before pulling the trigger on any Samardzija deal.”