Dbacks in Rumored Trade Talks for Samardzija

Samardzija is rumored to be a candidate for the Dbacks in a trade with the Cubs. - Jamie Squire

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting via Buster Olney that the Dbacks and the Cubs are in trade talks for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzija has two years left in arbitration before becoming a free agent at the end of 2015. His numbers weren't anything special last year with a 4.34 ERA and a 91 ERA+. Here's the link to the MLB Trade Rumors page which comes from a Buster Olney tweet. Hard to imagine the Dbacks would give up a lot for a pitcher that looks an awful lot like the crew we already have. Samardzija did post an impressive 9.0 K/9 but all the other peripherals are pedestrian.

He was superior pitching out of the bullpen in 2011 and then had a decent season in 2012 with a 3.81 ERA and a 107 ERA+. But he seems to be going the wrong way. I can't say I'd be on board for this deal unless we're just stealing him for a couple of years. Maybe I'd be okay with Davidson or Owings or Holmberg straight up for him, but anything more than that and I'll be crying foul.

Stay tuned.

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