Blue Jays Making Push For Jeff Samardzija, Aaron Sanchez May Be Involved (UPDATED)


There's rumblings that the Blue Jays are trying to work out a deal to get Jeff Samardzija in a trade with the Cubs. The rumour was first mentioned by Chicago writer Bruce Levine and posted on Twitter late this afternoon:

Samardzija was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 draft and will be 29 years old when the 2014 season starts. He was planning to play both football and baseball professionally before being drafted by the Cubs, but after signing a five year deal with the North Siders he decided he would focus on baseball (there was a nice bonus involved with that decision). Samardzija was a standout for both the baseball and football teams at Notre Dame and would have gone quite high in the NFL Draft as well.

The Indiana native is a 6'5" and 225 pound right-handed pitcher. After making his debut in mid-2008, Samardzija came out of the bullpen for four years before moving to the rotation in the past two years. The big right-hander started 33 games with Chicago this year pitching to a 4.34 ERA and a 3.77 FIP resulting in a WAR of 2.8. With a K/9 consistently above 9.00, his stuff definitely is not lacking. His pitches include a four-seamer, two-seamer, cutter, splitter, and slider with his hard stuff sitting mid-90's. Here's his wicked splitter:



Jeff Samardzija was paid $2.64 million this year and is under team control for two more years of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Samardzija to be earn $4.9 million this upcoming season, which would definitely be good value for the Blue Jays.

Guessing the package of players being put together for Samardzija is a pretty impossible task, but the Cubs would likely ask for an outfielder in the deal as they're quite weak in that regard. Seeing Anthony Gose traded would not come as a huge shock personally. A bullpen piece going Chicago's way is also somewhat likely as they need help in that area of their team as well.

It's only a rumour at this point, but at least the Blue Jays have thrown us a bone to chew on for a little while.


Jim Bowden of ESPN spoke to Alex Anthopoulos on the radio this morning and AA did not deny the rumours:

UPDATE 2 (Minor Leaguer)

Chicago Now blogger Tom Loxas wrote in a post that the Blue Jays and Cubs "could be close" on a deal involving Jeff Samardzija, and that Toronto knows that pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez must be included in the package. The two teams are trying to complete the deal before American Thanksgiving, which is this coming Thursday, November 28.

SB Nation Featured Video
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bluebird Banter

You must be a member of Bluebird Banter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bluebird Banter. You should read them.

Join Bluebird Banter

You must be a member of Bluebird Banter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bluebird Banter. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.