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Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija Reportedly on Trade Block

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 14: Johnny Cueto #47 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 14, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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With the San Francisco Giants currently sitting in last place in the National League West, they are now open to trading some of their biggest names.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Giants are willing to talk about potential deals involving starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.

The only hesitation in such deals should be that the duo is under contract for the next few years and things can turn around before too long. However, the ability to get these deals off the books could actually be an incentive.

Per Baseball Reference, Cueto is owed more than $21 million per season over the next four years, while Samardzija has almost $60 million remaining on his contract after this season with three years remaining on his deal.

The question is how much either player can help a contender based on how they have pitched this season.

Samardzija has a 5.05 ERA in 2017 and a league-high 11 losses to go with just four wins. Cueto is currently on the disabled list with blisters but also has a 4.59 ERA, which would be his highest for a full season since his rookie year.

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Despite the struggles, both starters have proved in the past they can be valuable members of a rotation. Samardzija had a 3.81 ERA last season, also reaching 200 innings pitched for the fourth year in a row.

This is likely why he has drawn "a lot of interest" on the trade market, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

With Cueto's past success and a World Series ring on his resume, his presence on the trade block should also lead to plenty of calls for the Giants.

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