- Mike Petriello, ESPN Insider
Another year, another Chicago Cubs starting pitcher on the trade market. As was the case with Ryan Dempster in 2012 and Matt Garza and Scott Feldman in 2013, the Cubs again have a desirable starter available to trade in Jeff Samardzija, who could very well be moved by the July 31 deadline.
Though the argument exists that the Cubs might be best served by signing Samardzija to an extension and having him around as their enviable collection of young hitting prospects arrives, it seems more likely they are looking to trade him to add more youth.
Jeff Samardzija is being mentioned in a lot of trade rumors, but if you're looking to add an arm, there are plenty of comparable pitchers available who will cost a lot less.