The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to make a big splash during the 2013 Winter Meetings. More specifically, the franchise has an interest in trading for a quality starting pitcher. As of right now, the two players they appear to be zeroing in on are Chicago Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija and Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale.
The Cubs don’t want to deal Samardzija, but they may be forced after he rejected their recent $55 million contract extension. The fact is Chicago is very open to listening to possible deals regarding the starting pitcher. The Diamondbacks are looking to bolster their rotation, which is something the addition of Samardzija would definitely accomplish. The Cubs are open to all sorts of prospects, with starting pitcher Archie Bradley being the player they would most likely require in order for the deal to go through.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are reportedly interested in trading one of their starting pitchers. Sale’s name is the one that has been mentioned but it’s unclear how serious the team is about a trade. With that being said, they are at least open to hearing what the Diamondbacks have to offer, especially since Arizona is desperate to add a starter to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West division.
“Diamondbacks are among the teams with the most serious trade interest in Chris Sale — IF they would agree to part with him. A big if,” ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted.
It appears the Diamondbacks have a better chance have acquiring Samardzija than they do Sale. Truthfully, the team can’t go wrong with either pitcher, as both would be an upgrade.