Jeff Samardzija Should Be On New York Yankees' Radar

By Arthur Dowell
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With rumors coming out that Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija rejected a contract extension with the team, expect other MLB teams to now be calling GM Theo Epstein about acquiring the pitcher.

One of those teams should be the New York Yankees. The Yankees, a team of many needs, are in more need of pitching than offense. Injuries have been hurting the team since April when Ivan Nova went down with a season-ending injury. Since 1995, the franchise has only missed the playoffs twice, and are looking for any way to make it not happen two years in a row. The last time the Yankees saw that happen was their playoff drought from 1982-1994.

The asking price for Samardzija should be much less than what the Tampa Bay Rays would be asking for their Cy Young-winning ace, David Price. The Yankees do not have strong pieces in their minor league foundations. They could be asked to give up a few more prospects than the typical team. However, that should not stop them. They are not exactly known for being good at keeping prospects, and so the asking price should be easy for the two teams to meet.

The trade only makes sense for both teams. If the Cubs were to ask for four prospects, they could get lucky and have two pan out for future success. On the flip side, the Yankees would be able to stay in the AL East race this year if Samardzija were to stay healthy. That goal is all they have in mind each and every season.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebookor add him to your network on Google.

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