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Both Chicago clubs went hard after Masahiro Tanaka and remain in the market for another starting pitcher, according to Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com, but the crosstown rivals aren't likely to be competing against each other for the same arms.
The Cubs will be looking at the free-agent arms still available, according to Levine, which makes sense given current ace Jeff Samardzija's comments earlier this month to The Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer.
Samardzija expressed his frustration with playing on a club that seems to be stuck in a neverending rebuilding process, noting that if the Cubs were able to sign Tanaka, he'd be more inclined to sign an extension to stay in Chicago.
Maybe adding a Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana would be bold enough to convince him to stick around. Maybe not. While trade winds around Samardzija have stopped swirling for now, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Cubs deal him for younger, controllable arms between now and Opening Day.
Across town, the White Sox remain willing and able to make a large investment in the right player, though they don't believe that player is available, as GM Rick Hahn told CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes:
"It was a substantial economic offer [to Tanaka] and if a similar situation presents itself … we will be able to dip into those resources again. I don’t see similar opportunities on the free agent market at this time."
Hahn and the White Sox have had an outstanding winter, and with the club at least another year away from becoming contenders once again, they are content to sit and wait for the right opportunity to present itself.