Chicago Cubs second year pitcher Jeff Samardzija will remain a Cub, as for now. There were rumors of the Notre Dame star wide receiver turned pitcher being involved in the trade for San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, but Samardzija ha sa no-trade clause. The Cubs are likely to finalize the deal by the first week of December at the latest, and beat our the Atlanta Braves for the 2007 NL Cy Young award winner. It is rumored that the Cubs and Padres are close to a deal that would include prospect CF Felix Pie, veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno, and pitcher Sean Marshall. The club is also looking into adding another rookie to push the deal over the top, possibly including Donald Veal and Kevin Hart.
The move could be great for the Padres, who saw a lot of promise in their 2007 season. But after winning only 63 games last year, the Padres are looking to get younger and look to the future. If the trade does happen, look for Felix Pie and DOnald Veal/Kevin Hart putting up some huge numbers in the next few years.
As for the cubs, acquiring Peavy would be amazing. They would hopefully re-sign Ryan Dempster, and if so, would most likely get rid of Jason Marquis. A starting Rotation of Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Rich Harden, Jake Peavy and Ted Lilly would sure be an amazing site for the Chicago faithful.
The one thing Bucs fans can be happy now, is that fan favorite Jeff Samardzija will be bleeding Cubbie blue for as long as he desires.