Atlanta Braves Frontrunners to Acquire Jeff Samardzija in Trade

Atlanta Braves Frontrunners to Acquire Jeff Samardzija in Trade

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There have been several teams that have shown interest in trading for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija during the 2013 Winter Meetings. The good news for the Atlanta Braves is that they appear to be the frontrunners to acquire him.

The Cubs don’t want to deal Samardzija, but they may be forced to after he rejected their somewhat recent $55 million contract extension. The organization would prefer to keep the right-hander for many years to come. Unfortunately, Samardzija isn’t sure that signing a long-term deal with Chicago is the right move, especially when numerous teams have shown an interest and are willing to pay him big bucks. The reason for that is because he wants to pitch for a contender and it doesn’t appear that is going to happen anytime soon with the Cubs.

Samardzija would be a perfect fit for the Braves, who are looking to bolster their rotation this offseason. Atlanta has talent throughout the roster, but the starting rotation is going to need some help, especially after Tim Hudson left.

It’s unknown if Chicago will trade Samardzija for sure. However, all signs point to the organization parting ways with him, which is smart because that means they will get something good in return.

Samardzija is a power pitcher who appears to be on the brink of really excelling in the big leagues. His record and earned run average weren’t exactly ideal last season. With that being said, he did have one of the worst offenses in the league for support, which is big reason why his numbers weren’t better.

The 28-year-old posted a 8-13 record with a 4.34 ERA and a whopping 214 strikeouts in 213 2/3 innings.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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