Till this point at the winter meetings, the Chicago Cubs have done a whole bunch of nothing. That may all change on Wednesday.
The Chicago Cubs front office is scheduled to meet with the representatives of Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. Samardzija has been the subject of many trade rumors this off-season, and the consensus was that the two sides may talk about a possible contract extension when they meet on Wednesday. As it turns out, a contract extension doesn’t appear to be the talking point between the two sides on Wednesday.
Told #Cubs/ Samardzija meeting not about extension.
— TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) December 11, 2013
With that tidbit from Tom Loxas and reports over Tuesday night that the Cubs could trade Samardzija on Wednesday, is it possible that front office is preparing Samardzija for a trade by meeting with his representatives on Wednesday?
The Cubs did appear to lose a trading partner on Tuesday in the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks completed a three-team trade on Tuesday that saw the team acquire first baseman Mark Trumbo. In the trade, the Diamdondbacks parted ways with pitching prospects Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs was widely believed to be a part of the Diamdondbacks potential package for Samardzija. With Skaggs no longer on the table, the Diamondbacks may no longer be considered one of the favorites for the Cubs starting pitcher.
Beyond the Diamondbacks, the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees are all believed to be interested in Samardzija.
Samardzija, who is a free agent in two years, pitched over 200 innings last season while compiling over 200 strikeouts.
With a meeting taking place on Wednesday between the Cubs and Samardzija’s representatives, Wednesday could be moving day for the starting pitcher.