An interesting trade rumor surfaced on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon, a report surfaced that the Chicago Cubs were listening to offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Many were surprised by the fact that Samardzija was the latest Cub to be inserted into a trade rumor.
But that should surprise no one.
Jeff Samardzija has recently been reluctant to sign a long-term extension with the Cubs. If Samardzija continues to be reluctant to the idea of a long-term extension, then the idea of the Cubs trading their perceived ace should not be put past the team’s front office.
In any trade that the front office makes, the goal is to turn short-term assets into long-term assets.
If Samardzija is unwilling to sign to a long-term extension, then the starting pitcher will have the label of a short-term asset. Meaning it would make sense for the Cubs’ to attempt to trade the starting pitcher and acquire long-term assets.
Samardzija has proven to be an adequate starting pitcher for the Cubs.
In 21 starts this season with the Cubs, Samardzija has a record of 6-9 to go along with an ERA of 3.94 and a WHIP of 1.31.
The issue with top of the rotation starting pitchers on a non-contending team is that, in most cases, the top of the line rotation starting pitcher would more likely be a mid-rotation starting pitcher on a contending team.
That theory will likely reign true for the Cubs and Samardzija once the team is ready to contend.
Samardzija could very well be a part of the next Cubs’ contending team, but he likely will not be the team’s ace.
Because of that fact, the Cubs would certainly be interested in dealing Samardzija if the pitcher was a resistant to a long-term extension.