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Should White Sox shop for Jeff Samardzija?
Could you imagine teaming up Jeff Samardzija with Chris Sale and Andre Rienzo? The White Sox are only 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers, currently making them a contending playoff team. Unfortunately, the Cubs are 12.5 games out of their division, not leaving much room for a mid-season comeback. With only 8 1/2 weeks until the trade deadline, you can be sure that the Cubs’ General Manager Jed Hoyer has something up his sleeve involving Cubs’ Ace Jeff Samardzija.
You might wonder why Samardzija is the Cubs’ top starter considering his 1-5 record this season, but he has the lowest ERA (2.54) in the most innings pitched (78.0) in the Cubs’ rotation. In fact, he was leading the National League with a 1.68 ERA up until his worst start of the year against the Brewers last night.
The Sox are in need of relief pitchers, so could acquiring Samardzija mean putting John Danks or Hector Noesi in the bullpen? Acquiring Samardzija could also mean not having Ventura signal to the bullpen so early on in the game. In terms of stamina, Samardzija is known to get to the sixth or seventh inning without any problems. He’s completed 31 games in his 6 year career. But what would the Cubs want in return? Prospects? Cash? Prospects and cash?
The Cubs are in need of pitching, too, in the opposite direction. Their starting staff minus Samardzija has a combined 4.11 ERA. So would the Cubs trade Samardzija for Sox starter Andre Rienzo who is 4-2 this season? Would they also try to get RHP Tyler Danish from the Sox minor league system? How about an outfielder? The best outfielder in the White Sox farm system is Courtney Hawkins, ranked 5th on the White Sox top 100 prospect list according to MLB.com.
Having the third pick in this Thursday’s draft, the White Sox will be certain to add a new top prospect to their list. White Sox Director of Amateur Scouting, Doug Laumann, said that the Sox will most likely draft a starting pitcher, especially after watching 2010 draft pick Chris Sale evolve over the past 4 years. What are your thoughts?