Odds of Each Top 5 Team Landing Jeff Samardzija

Odds of Each Top 5 Team Landing Jeff Samardzija

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There are several teams interested in acquiring the talents of Jeff Samardzija this trade deadline, but only a few have what it takes to make a deal. Of every team interested, there are five teams that stand out as serious players for the righty's services. Here are the chances each lands the Cubs' ace.

5. Kansas City Royals - 5 Percent

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5. Kansas City Royals - 5 Percent

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There's no doubt that the Kansas City Royals could use Samardzija to stabilize their rotation, but they may be unwilling to pay the price. It's more likely they go with a cheaper option, but if they decide they're all in this season then they have what it takes to make a deal.

4. Seattle Mariners - 10 Percent

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4. Seattle Mariners - 10 Percent

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The Seattle Mariners, like the Royals, are in need of Samardzija's services, but may be unwilling to pay the price. Depending on how the playoff race changes over the next month, the Mariners could change their mentality and put all their chips on the table to add another ace.

3. Atlanta Braves - 20 Percent

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3. Atlanta Braves - 20 Percent

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The Atlanta Braves have plenty of prospects for the Cubs to choose from, including Lucas Sims and Jason Hursh. How desperate the Braves are leading up to the trade deadline could determine whether or not they're willing to deal for Samardzija.

2. Toronto Blue Jays - 25 Percent

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2. Toronto Blue Jays - 25 Percent

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The Toronto Blue Jays have arms that interest the Cubs and they're slipping just enough in the division that they may be desperate enough to overpay for Samardzija. These teams have tried to make a deal for "Shark" before to no avail, but things could be different this time around.

1. San Francisco Giants - 40 Percent

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1. San Francisco Giants - 40 Percent

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The San Francisco Giants seem like the odds on favorite to land Samardzija at the deadline. They are majorly struggling right now and could be just about ready to send a big package of prospects the Cubs way in order to stop the bleeding. Ultimately, that's the type of team the Cubs are going to want to make a deal with -- a team that's desperate and loaded with pitching prospects.

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