The first one, and the more popular one was Jeff Samardzija, who despite the 0-4 record is considered one of the most attractive trade options right now considering his age and the control of his contract as he wouldn't be just a rental, but getting the Cubs ace right now would cost any team a major overhaul in prospects; potentially four-five at least.
Despite the amount of return it would take to land Samardzija, his brilliant start against the Yankees on Wednesday night only further increased his trade value, who tossed seven scoreless innings, lowered his ERA down to 1.46 and would have been in line for his first win of the 2014 season, but a ninth-inning rally prevented Samardzija from getting the win and remains winless in 16 straight starts now.
Jason Hammel on the other hand, also increased his trade value by not only getting a win against the Yankees on Tuesday night, but also got a win over Masahiro Tanaka, who was 6-0 until the 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field; Hammel went 5.2 innings, struck out six and allowed only one run. Hammel is 5-2 on the season with a 2.91 ERA in nine starts and has 49 strikeouts in 58,2 innings this season.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentioned how Hammel, who is on a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cubs and a free agent after the season, would be a more realistic and cheaper trade option for the Yankees as opposed to Samardzija, who won't be a free agent until after 2015.
"Because Samardzija is under team control through next year, he’ll require a haul of prospects to acquire him, and the Yankees might not be able to compete in that arena even as their farm system has enjoyed a rebound year. Hammel, with a lesser pedigree and a shorter contract — he’s making $6 million this season — should cost less. He now owns a 2.91 ERA in nine starts totaling 58 ²/? innings, and he pitched most recently for the Orioles (2012-13) and started his career with the Rays (2006-08). Based on what the Yankees witnessed Tuesday, Hammel can help them. And based on how this season has gone so far? The Yankees probably will need the help."
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