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Blue Jays Get: RHP Jeff Samardzija
Cubs Get: RHP Aaron Sanchez
RHP Marcus Stroman
The Cubs have already reportedly made this trade offer in the past with the Blue Jays rejecting it, but the way Samardzija is pitching this season it could convince Toronto to reconsider the deal. Even though he's 0-3, the Cubs' ace holds on to a stellar 1.45 ERA this season and has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the game through six weeks of the season.
According to Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos, the teams have not discussed a deal recently, but most teams don't engage in trade talks this early in the season anyway.
"It's so rare that teams engage in trade conversations so early. You might start in June... but generally speaking I doubt anyone's really engaged in trade talks."
Sanchez will turn 22 in July, but has already been turning heads in minor league baseball. He has started this season in Double-A and owns a 1-2 record with a 3.05 ERA. He began his minor league career by striking out hitters with the best of them, but his strikeout numbers have steadily declined. Regardless, he pitches to contact and has shown he may be ready to pitch in the major leagues within a year or two.
Stroman is the better of the two prospects as he's actually been called up by the Blue Jays already this season. The 23-year old has been pitching out of the bullpen and has appeared in three games, logging a 2.70 ERA to go along with his 1-0 record. Eventually, he will be moved to the rotation; the fact he's major league ready makes him a huge potential asset for the Cubs.