The Braves may be the leading contenders to swing a trade for Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. O'Brien writes that while top Braves prospect Lucas Sims is likely off limits, the team may try to woo the Cubs with a package of less coveted young talents.
As for Samardzija, he's coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 4.34 ERA and 2.74 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings for the Cubs. For his career, Samardzija owns an ERA+ of 97 in 189 games, 66 of which have been starts. As a starter, Samardzija has a career ERA of 4.32 and a K/BB of 2.74. The 28-year-old is arbitration-eligible and slated for free agency after the 2015 season. While the Cubs may have interest in signing Samardzija to a long-term extension, they're also listening to trade proposals.