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Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Cubs asked the Blue Jays for Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and a third player in trade talks for Jeff Samardzija.
Just getting Sanchez and Stroman would be a pretty nice return, but it's hard to blame the Cubs for asking for even more given the high cost of quality pitching. Without referring to Samardzija specifically, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said he'll continue with trade discussions. "But the acquisition price doesn't work for us right now," he said. "I don't know if I could quantify how far off that they might be. We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don't know. It's not so far out of the realm that we won't continue to have talks."
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David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves "could be leading suitors" Jeff Samardzija if the Cubs decide to trade him.
The Braves won't trade No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims, but O'Brien believes the club could put together an appealing package without depleting their minor league system. The Cubs are loaded with position prospects, so moving Samardzija would be one way to infuse some young pitching into their organization. The Cubs haven't ruled out re-signing the 28-year-old, but they'll have plenty of suitors if they decide to deal him.
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A meeting between the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija's representatives on Wednesday was "amicable" but they're still not close to a contract extension, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal also notes that despite the positive meeting a trade is still possible. There have been plenty of callers for the services of the 28-year-old, but the price has been to high to this point. Any extension will likely be worth more than the five-year, $55 million deal the club offered Samardzija previously.
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs' brass will have a meeting with Jeff Samardzija's agents on Wednesday.
Heyman says an offer "isn't necessarily expected," and an extension is "unlikely anyway." The Cubs reportedly offered Samardzija a five-year extension in the $55 million range earlier this offseason, but the righty apparently wants more in order to avoid free agency. Chicago could wind up dealing him if they determine a long-term extension isn't likely.
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Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered Jeff Samardzija an extension higher than five years and $55 million.
The proposal was extended a while ago and obviously turned down by Samardzija, which is why the Cubs are considering trading him this winter. However, Levine notes that the two sides "continue to have an open amicable line of communication." Samardzija is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $4.9 million in what is his second year of arbitration eligibility.
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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cubs "plan to do some serious listening" on right-hander Jeff Samardzija at next week's Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Which is an indication that the Cubs and Samardzija's reps have made no progress on a long-term contract extension. Samardzija posted a disappointing 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 2013 for Chicago, but he struck out 214 batters in 213 2/3 innings and will at times flash ace-like stuff. A difficult guy to put a monetary value on, the 28-year-old starter is under club control through the 2015 season.
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Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports believes that the Orioles could have interest in dealing for Jeff Samardzija.
The Cubs have reportedly been shopping the 28-year-old hurler this offseason, and the O's could certainly use another strong young arm to bolster their rotation. While it's merely speculation at this point, the Orioles do seem like a realistic landing spot should the Cubs decide to trade Samardzija.
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Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Blue Jays are "putting together a package of young players" in trade talks with the Cubs regarding Jeff Samardzija.
The Cubs have discussed a multi-year contract extension with Samardzija, but they could end up deciding to deal him if they determine an extension doesn't look likely. The Nationals are also known to have interest in the right-hander. Samardzija, 28, is under team control through the 2015 season.
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David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs have discussed a multi-year contract extension with Jeff Samardzija.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the organization likes Samardzija and wants to keep him, and the feeling is believed to be mutual. The 28-year-old right-hander registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214/78 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings in 2013.
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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs and Diamondbacks are expected to continue their trade talks regarding Jeff Samardzija into the offseason.
The D'Backs discussed a potential deal with the Cubs prior to the trade deadline but found the asking price to be too high. Olney notes that the Cubs are "reaching a point" where they have to make a decision whether to sign the righty to an extension or trade him. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the same thing at the trade deadline. Samardzija made $2.64 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.