Late last night, while I prepared for these here shenanigans, Jon Heyman reported that the asking price on Jeff Samardzija – on whom Ken Rosenthal has said the Cubs are listening – was sky high.
Indeed, Heyman used a colorful metaphor to describe that asking price:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2013
Now you understand the headline joke. I hope.
As for the substance, Heyman reports that “the Cubs are basically requesting of teams that they ‘take whatever they want’ when it comes to a potential Samardzija deal,” which Heyman describes as a slight exaggeration, but sounds just about right to me. Given Samardzija’s emergence as a legitimate threat to become an ace over the next couple of years, and the two years of control the Cubs still have, dealing Samardzija right now makes no sense.
Unless you get an organization-altering return. And that kind of return means the Cubs would pretty much have to “take whatever they want” from a team’s farm system.
The Cubs are only considering Samardzija offers, Heyman says, because of Samardzija’s present unwillingness to engage in long-term contract discussions (in the range the Cubs are looking, anyway). Many teams are interested, but I’m not quite sure whether this is just another “the Cubs are listening, because obviously” report, or if this is true, new data point.
I also don’t know whether any of this matters. We know that the Cubs won’t move Samardzija short of a ridiculous, over-the-top return … would any team out there really consider making such an offer?
For now, I prefer to look forward to the offseason, and the sides re-engaging in extension discussions.