Fetching far with Samardzija trade talk

Fetching far with Samardzija trade talk

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 13:06

We’re in it for the long haul today, with a day-night doubleheader between the Cubs and Brewers at Wrigley Field. The first game is a makeup of a rainout on April 10. The Cubs have recalled pitcher Jake Arrieta from Class AAA Iowa to serve as the 26th man in the doubleheader. He’ll start the second game. There is no open spot in the rotation, so Arrieta will head back to Iowa. The Cubs got him in the July 2 trade with Baltimore for Scott Feldman.

The nonwaiver trading deadline is tomorrow at 3 p.m. Questions come up every year at this time about how players handle the speculation.

“People know,” said manager Dale Sveum. “It’s the way the game is this time of year. People are aware of it. You can’t worry about it. You can’t dwell on it. It’s just part of the game.”

Jeff Samardzija’s name comes up from time to time, but the Cubs are unlikely to trade him. Sveum said he was speaking only as the manager and not the front office this morning when he said: “I think it’s very, very far-fetched to think that you have a guy that’s under control for that long and possibly a No. 1 guy, to do anything with.”

Samardzija had a quick response after last night’s start about the possibility of being traded.

“It wouldn’t be a good move so I haven’t thought about it at all, to tell you the truth,” he said.

Rehabbing right-hander Scott Baker started last night for Class A Daytona (A) after moving up from Kane County (A). In a 5-0 loss to Fort Myers, Baker worked 3.1 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned while walking two and striking out two. Baker is on the mend from Tommy John surgery, performed in April 2012 while he was with the Twins. The Cubs are in no rush to bring him back up.

I asked Sveum about the reports on Baker’s outing last night.

“A little better, I think, as far as velocity,” he said. “But the command and all that still seeing a little short. Sixty-five pitches in 3.1 innings, that’s 20 pitches per inning again. Still not getting the quick outs and what you want done in a 65-pitch outing.

“We’re not too concerned because we don’t have a need right now. We’re OK with everything. It’s just kind of a slow development for him right now. We’re OK with that. We don’t have a big need right now for a starting pitcher. We’re OK with things progressing at a slow rate.”

From the game notes: Cubs starters Chris Rusin, Travis Wood and Samardzija have tossed 7 innings and allowed no earned runs in each of the last three games. That’s the first time Cubs starters have done that since Aug. 3-5, 1971, when Bill Hands, Milt Pappas and Juan Pizarro did it. Cubs starting pitchers have never gone four straight games of at least 7 innings and no earned runs allowed. The Cubs credit STATS, Inc., for the research.


Class AAA Iowa lost its fourth straight, falling 4-3 to Oklahoma City. Brooks Raley got no decision, working 6.2 innings and giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while walking three and striking out two. Ty Wright hit his third homer. Logan Watkins was 2-for-4, as was Edgar Gonzalez.

Class AA Tennessee moved back into first place with an 8-4 victory over Birmingham. Dae-Eun Rhee got the win, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up 2 hits and 2 runs. He walked one and struck out five. Rhee is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA. Rubi Silva extended a hit streak to 15 games, going 1-for-4. He is 21-for-61 (.344) during the streak. Christian Villanueva has an eight-game hitting streak. He went 2-for-4 and is 12-for-29 (.414) in the streak.

In the aforementioned Daytona game, Pierce Johnson piggybacked on Baker’s start and worked 4 innings, giving up 3 runs while striking out seven. Zeke DeVoss was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles.

The Kane County Cougars lost 14-1 at Peoria. Jose Rosario took the loss, giving up 13 hits and 13 runs in 4.2 innings. He’s 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA. Dan Vogelbach hit his 16th homer.

Boise (A) got only 2 hits in a 5-2, 11-innning loss to Spokane. Tyler Skulina worked 3 innings, giving up 2 hits and no runs. No. 1 draft pick Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Skulina has allowed 2 runs in 15 innings. You can look for him in the neighborhood soon as he’s been promoted to the Kane County Cougars. Skulina was the Cubs’ fourth-rounder this year out of Kent State.

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