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CUBS SIGN RHP JAKE STINNETT, LHP CARSON SANDS, LHP JUSTIN STEELE AND RHP JAMES NORWOOD FROM 2014 DRAFT

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have signed second-round selection Jake Stinnett, fourth-round selection Carson Sands, fifth-round selection Justin Steele and seventh-round selection James Norwood from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.  Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Stinnett, 22, posted a 2.67 ERA (35 ER/118.0 IP) and an 8-6 record in 17 games, all but one in a starting role, for Maryland this season in his senior year. He struck out a school single-season record and Atlantic Coast Conference-high 132 batters and walked just 30. Stinnett also led the ACC in complete games (four) and innings pitched, and became the seventh pitcher in program history to throw a no-hitter when he turned the trick in game one of a March 1 doubleheader against Massachusetts.

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Trading Samardzija and/or Hammel, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2, I looked a the deadline trade deals over the past two years of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.  In this article, let's rank those trades and one winter deal by applicability to each of Samardizja and Hammel's situation to see what the past tells us to expect.

First, Shark:

Samardzija has ace stuff and ace results this year, but a mixed bag of results throughout his career.  He's a bit old for being in this position at 29.5 years old by the time the deadline comes around.  Critically in the Cubs favor is that he still has another year of control remaining.  In other words, the Cubs don't have to trade him at this point.

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Trading Samardzija and/or Hammel, Part 2

Continuing on from the previous article, this one will look at the deadline deals for starting pitching in 2012.

2012 Trade Deadline Deals

Trade 1 (July 31)

  • Cubs send:
    • Ryan Dempster
  • Rangers send:
    • Christian Villanueva
    • Kyle Hendricks
  • At the time, this deal seemed a bit underwhelming.  Villlanueva was on the fringe of being a top 100 guy and Hendricks was a soft tossing pitcher down in A+ ball with good results.  However, Hendricks has shown the potential to be a good back of the rotation pitcher and Villanueva has a good chance of contributing in at least a backup role in the majors.  Not a great return, but not a bad one in the end.  It was a decent deal given the special considerations of the position in which Dempster put the Cubs. Add a comment

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Trading Samardzija and/or Hammel, Part 1

To begin taking a look at what the Cubs could get in return for trading one of their pitchers this summer, I thought it would be good to look at the deadline trades over the past two years while the current Collective Bargaining Agreement has been in place.  I grabbed this list from the archives at the ever-useful Baseball America website.

2013 Deadline Trades:

Trade 1 (July 31):

  • Houston Sends: 
    • Bud Norris 
    • International Bonus Slot 4 
  • Baltimore Sends:  
    • OF L.J. Hoes
    • LHP Josh Hader
    • 2014 Supp First Round pick
  • Norris still had two and a half years of control when he was traded by Houston.  In spite of a decent ability to strike people out, Norris' value has always been limited by his inability to keep the baseball inside the park once it has been hit.  The return for him was actually still pretty solid, though.  Hoes is a light hitting 5th OF, but is alright in that role.  Hader, though, is a very solid prospect striking out 29% of the batters he's faced in 2014.  The supplemental first round pick brought back Derek Fisher in this year's draft - a promising college bat.
  • This trade should represent an absolute floor for a Samardzija trade.  Norris had an extra year of control but was not regarded as anything close to the same quality of pitcher. Add a comment

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