The Cubs are at a crossroads: Pay Samardzija what he wants, which may be a Bailey-like deal, or trade him this summer, probably as the best available starter in the market.
It's not a sure thing that Samardzija is dealt, writes Jesse Rogers. From his story:
Samardzija wants to be paid like an ace -- in the neighborhood of a $100 million deal -- but the Cubs won't budge. While Hoyer indicated recently there are no trade talks currently going on with any players, that's expected to change with Samardzija as he drives up his value.
That Bailey-like deal is 6/105
If we could work that 6/105 handshake deal with Samardzija before a trade....
a) what would you give up?
what do you think it would take?