Teams Should Steer Clear of Jeff Samardzija: MLB3 Agrees
Climbing Tal's Hill weighs in on the value of free agent starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Don’t Look for the Houston Astros to go After the Shark Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported today the free agent right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija is “claiming to have $100M” on the table when discussing potential deals with multiple teams. With Samardzija going into his age 31 season and with his awful season in 2015, teams…We've spoken in length about this year's deep MLB free agent starting pitcher market, and yet David Price and Jordan Zimmerman both received huge contracts. Teams are still acting as if they are desperate for starting pitcher. Granted some teams, like the Boston Red Sox, might be. There is also a new emphasis on runs saved which could be playing into it. Overall, however, we think teams are overpaying, and the market may adjust as teams fill their needs. Jeff Samardzja is not a $100 million dollar pitcher, but he may get that. In 2015 he had a 4.96 era. Obviously he's better than that, but still needs to prove it. Teams should stay far away at that price.
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