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    Jeff Samardzija

    Rumblings are that he is, of course, available.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/bust...post/_/id/6107

    The Cubs are at a crossroads: Pay Samardzija what he wants, which may be a Bailey-like deal, or trade him this summer, probably as the best available starter in the market.

    It's not a sure thing that Samardzija is dealt, writes Jesse Rogers. From his story:
    Samardzija wants to be paid like an ace -- in the neighborhood of a $100 million deal -- but the Cubs won't budge. While Hoyer indicated recently there are no trade talks currently going on with any players, that's expected to change with Samardzija as he drives up his value.
    That Bailey-like deal is 6/105

    If we could work that 6/105 handshake deal with Samardzija before a trade....

    a) what would you give up?

    b) what do you think it would take?

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    For me:

    a) Kohl Stewart and Eddie Rosario

    b) More than that. Alex Meyer and Lewis Thorpe?

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    Too expensive, let someone else have him. Its not like the Twins are an Ace away from contending. And I wouldnt dub him an Ace yet, great number #2 on good staffs.

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    You don't give up a future ace and a top prospect, just to pay a guy what he will make in free agency.
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    2015:
    Samardzija
    Meyer
    Nolasco
    Hughes
    Gibson

    Let's play ball.

    I don't care if he's an ace or a great #2, at some point of a rebuild you hit a tipping point and need to trade some of your assets for proven commodities.

    Sometimes you'll look back and say "holy crap, I can't believe we got _____ and only had to give up _____" and some times you'll look back and say "I can't believe we gave up _____ for that piece of crap ______," but that's baseball.
    Last edited by amjgt; 05-07-2014 at 10:19 PM.

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    Pass. The Cubs would likely want too much in return and quite frankly he is not worth it. Sure, he has good K numbers but that is offset by putting too many men on base. He seems to be a pitcher similar to Matt Garza, good but not great and certainly not worth breaking the bank in terms of dollars or prospects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    You don't give up a future ace and a top prospect, just to pay a guy what he will make in free agency.
    Not sure if you are referencing "A" or "B"

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    I haven't seen anyone's counter-offer.

    I know you'd all take him at some point (Maybe for you it's Berrios and A.B. Walker) , so what's that point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
    Pass. The Cubs would likely want too much in return and quite frankly he is not worth it. Sure, he has good K numbers but that is offset by putting too many men on base. He seems to be a pitcher similar to Matt Garza, good but not great and certainly not worth breaking the bank in terms of dollars or prospects.
    Ahh, Matt Garza. Would that he were on the Twins.

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    If the Twins are gonna lay out that type of cash, Id prefer they do so on a free agent and spend money only, not money and prospects.

    Pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
    For me:

    a) Kohl Stewart and Eddie Rosario

    b) More than that. Alex Meyer and Lewis Thorpe?
    That's way too much in my opinion. He has a career ERA+ of 102 and had a 92 last year.
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    Only a contender should consider trading or him. Looks like Masterson and Shields are heading for free agency. They may cost more money but no prospects. Pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
    Only a contender should consider trading or him. Looks like Masterson and Shields are heading for free agency. They may cost more money but no prospects. Pass

    I'd throw the dog a bone.

    Rosario, Hicks, Polanco, Eades and Tonkin.

    It would suck if Samardzja ever had any injuries though. I'd sign him to the 6 for 100 and then sign Dozier long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
    If the Twins are gonna lay out that type of cash, Id prefer they do so on a free agent and spend money only, not money and prospects.
    Yeah. I guess Samardzija has an extra year of control beyond this one, but still, you're basically giving up top prospects for less than two seasons of the guy.

    If he's that determined to test free agency that the Cubs have to trade him, and you still really want him, just plan to offer some extra cash when he hits the market and keep your prospects.

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    Nothing. He's better than any SP they have. But, they have zero OF, no SS, no C (apparetnly they don't think Pinto can catch), no DH.....they have two guys in AAA and one in low A that should be legit MLB SP. Normally, I'd be all over this. But not with the state of the 40 man.
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Both, actually. Stewart, Meyer and Thorpe are future ace pitchers. Meyer alone is more valuable than Smarmia. And he's under team control for at least six years.
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    I think he's going to cost too much. This could be the type of move we make in 2015 or 2016 for a similar pitcher. Right now I hold and with all our excess money hopefully we can throw enough at one of the guys scheduled to be a free agent next year that has similar top of the rotation ability without giving up prospects.

    Twins still should not have a very expensive roster next year. Willingham, Correia, and Burton will all be off the books (15.5 million). I'm assuming Dozier will get more expensive, Plouffe may as well but nothing inhibiting. My guess is those three guys leaving can be easily replaced from within by Arcia, Meyer/May/Darnell, and one of a number of our relief prospects.

    This leaves a lot of money to play with and again go after a starter. This also assumes we cut bait on Pelfrey in the offseason or move him to the pen. Lots of time left on that decision. Right now, Masterson, Scherzer, Shields, Lester, Ervin Santana, Liriano!, McCarthy. I know it's early and some of these guys might extend but it's looking like a much better FA class next year and the Twins have the money to spend on one of the above guys. A 2015 rotation headed by one of these guys Nolasco, Hughes, Gibson, Meyer doesn't seem so bad huh?

    So no, I don't spend the prospects on a guy at this point with what looks to be a stellar starting pitcher free agent class next year.

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    Not to mention that, for ~$105 mil (plus a 2nd round draft choice), you could have easily had TWO of Garza/Santana/Jimenez this offseason for the next ~4 years.

    Heck, if we wait and Samardzija is traded to someone else mid-season before he hits FA, we may not even have to surrender a pick to sign him. (And correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't recall many extend-and-trades in MLB, certainly not players of Samardzija's caliber -- off the top of my head, I remember Johan and Halladay...).

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    People need to stop overrating pitching prospects. Meyer could be a future ace or he could completely flop like so many top pitching prospects do every year.

    The other problem is that really good pitchers don't make it to FA very often so it's not as easy waiting to sign that FA starter in FA. And there are a lot of other teams that are going big in the bidding process.

    I will pass on Samardzija though. This is the type of move that you make when you are closer as halfchest mentions.

    It's actually not a better class next year. Especially when you have to dig as far as Liriano and McCarthy. Or a guy that people didn't think was worth giving up a 2nd rd pick for this offseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    It's actually not a better class next year. Especially when you have to dig as far as Liriano and McCarthy. Or a guy that people didn't think was worth giving up a 2nd rd pick for this offseason.
    Ubaldo, Ervin, Garza, and Nolasco were the top guys this year. Next year the top guys at this point are Sherzer, Masterson, Shields and Lester, oh and Ervin. I guess we can argue about the lower tier guys being better or not and I don't have a strong opinion on them but there's no doubt just looking at top 4 that this years is better. If you include Tanaka I suppose they get closer but still I'll take Scherzer, Masterson, Shields, Lester, and Ervin over Tanaka, Ubaldo, Garza, Ervin, Nolasco 10 out of 10 times.

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