If you have been following the Major League Baseball rumor mill this winter, you know there is a 28-year-old pitcher two years away from free agency who can be had for the right price. 

No, not David Price. 

I speak, of course, about Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. The team was ready and willing to take offers for their No. 1 starter at the winter meetings, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. 

Even though nothing came of those discussions, it does not mean the Cubs are skittish on dealing Samardzija. They are a team with a lot of pitching needs in their system, and a pitcher like this, with two years of control left, is going to command a hefty return. 

Many teams need starting pitching, especially one who has struck out 394 hitters in 388.1 innings over the past two years, but few have the ability to entice the Cubs with a desirable package. 

We are here to show you which teams have the need, and prospects, to make a potential deal for Samardzija work. 


Note: All stats courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. 

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