Despite having only one win on the season, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is putting together a pretty nice season.
However his fantasy value could take a major hit if he is moved in the next couple of days.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that the Cubs are talking with a trade partner that would include draft pick compensation in a deal for the right-hander. Passan speculates that the Colorado Rockies are the most likely team and that the pick would be the 35th overall competitive-balance pick in Thursday’s First Year Player Draft.
Moving to Colorado would obviously hurt the value Samardzija, who has performed quite well in 2014 until a bad start on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Samardzija has just one win in 12 starts but has posted a 2.54 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
But he is throwing with slightly less velocity this year and has seen a drop in his strikeout rate, down to 21 percent which is just slightly above the league average.
However Samardzija has also increased the percentage of groundballs he has given up each year since becoming a starter and now induces ground balls nearly half of the time, which is a great sign despite the drop in strike outs.
Being that he is keeping the ball on the ground, Samardzija could have success in Colorado, but I would still expect an increase in his ERA and WHIP, which isn’t an ideal situation
Samardzija owners shouldn’t panic as it’s unlikely the Cubs will receive the type of package they are looking for and it would have to go down by Thursday, so ultimately I don’t see a deal going down.
Still, it’s an interesting situation since Colorado would not be a favorable spot for any pitcher.
Samardzija will likely be dealt this season, but I would be shocked if it goes down in the next two days.