San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija has cleared waivers, sources tell FanRag Sports, though the chances for a trade are unclear, at best.
Samardzija should have value to some contending teams, but the Giants may not be willing to give him away as they aren’t seen as likely to do a complete rebuild, and Samardzija, who has professed an interest in staying in San Francisco, can only be traded to eight teams thanks to a strong no-trade clause.
Teams have until Thursday to add players for their playoff roster, so that serves as a virtual deadline for most big-money deals.
Samardzija’s no-trade allows deals to eight mostly big-market clubs — Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Nats, A’s, Cubs and Red Sox — according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, and there isn’t necessarily a reason to believe he’d accept any other teams, considering his feelings about the Bay Area. It’s interesting to note he has the A’s, a former team across the Bay. Samardzija has told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he has enjoyed his time in SF.
“I love being here,” he told Schulman.
Samardzija has about $58 million to go through 2020, which doesn’t seem out of line considering many of his numbers.
Samardzija may be only 8-12 with a 4.67 ERA, but his peripheral numbers are very impressive. He has 170 strikeouts and only 26 walks. He’s sixth in the NL in Ks and fourth in innings.
Matt Moore, who has options each of the next two years that once were considered team friendly, also cleared waivers. But he has struggled this year, so it’s harder to see a contender showing interest in a trade for him.