May 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
The Shark should be on the move yet again this season. He came to the South Side hoping to establish his value for free agency but his value has taken a bit of a hit with his below average numbers.
There is no question that he is a good talent but the Sox more than likely wont be able to get what the Cubs received when they dealt him last year.
Even with a poor 2015 season Samardzija could and would be a stabilizing force to many teams rotations. His list of potential suitors will be long as many teams probably believe he can help them in their quest to make the postseason.
The teams that I think would have interest would be the Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Angels, Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Giants.
I personally don’t believe he is worth as much as Quintana who could command multiple top level prospects but Samardzija should net at least 1 top level prospect. Boston could make the most sense since they lack a top of the line starter and while a guy like Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart would be off the table a package of Henry Owens and a Garin Cecchini would be a nice return. Both of these guys could conceivably come in and make an impact right away.
Even if the Sox dont trade him he is likely to be tendered a qualifying offer which would net the Sox either a first rounder or a 1st round compensation pick in next years draft.