Cardinals back at the drawing board due to David Price making a last minute decision on going to the Redsox for their offer of $30MM in each season from 2016-18, $31MM in 2019 and $32MM per year from 2020-22, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter).
It looks like the Cardinals have now turned to Jeff Samardzija for his services. He had his breakout campaign in 2014 when he logged a 2.99 ERA in 33 starts with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. That year he reportedly turned down a five-year, $85 million deal with Chicago and then was traded to Oakland.
Buster Olney reports that Jeff Samardzija has become an alternative for the Cardinals and Giants and perhaps other teams.
The interest from the Cardinals and Giants makes perfect sense. Both clubs have good pitching coaches in Derek Lilliquist and Dave Righetti that have worked with the best in the business over the years. St. Louis in ERA this led MLB this past season and the Giants finished in ninth (even with a ton of injuries to both staffs).
Jayson Stark is saying, Forget the theory that Jeff Samardzija will be the bargain of the offseason. Teams talking with him say he’s claiming to have $100M on table. So who is offering $100mil?
I find that Samardzija has a lot of potential, he has only thrown 991 innings in eight MLB seasons and he could easily get back on track with a new pitching coach. He relied on his two-seam fastball much less than in previous years and was also much less effective with his slider and split finger in 2015.
This looks like a wait and see with him. If we do get him I can see Mike Shannon miss pronouncing his name every time he pitches.
Source: Thomas Caramante/MLB traderumors