It's no secret that the Chicago Cubs will trade Jeff Samardzija before the trade deadline that is now six weeks away. However, it appears the Cubs are ready to pull the trigger now to capitalize on Samardzija's hot start while also expanding the field of teams that could have interest since there are many teams still in the playoff hunt. On Sunday, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the San Francisco Giants are showing "strong interest" in Samardzija and that the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox and Blue Jays are also "in the picture". An addition of Samardzija by the Giants might mean a move to the bullpen for Tim Lincecum. In return for Samardzija, the Cubs are looking to add at least two top pitching prospects by doing this trade. The Cubs have their "Core Four" which consists of four position players in Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Albert Almora. The Cubs must add some top pitching prospects by dealing Samardzija.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Matt Adams hit his third home run in three days and the Cardinals held on to beat the Nationals 5-2 on Sunday. Adams gave the Cardinals an early lead with a two-run shot off Doug Fister in the second inning, and the Cardinals never looked back in this one. Adams has been on a home run binge since coming off the disabled list on Friday, hitting one in each of his three games after hitting three in his first 52 games. Adams is batting .327 with those six homers on the season.
Todd Frazier went 2-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in the Reds' 13-4 blowout victory over the Brewers on Sunday. Frazier delivered a two-run home run in the fifth inning before belting a two-run double in the ninth to cap the scoring. The home run was the 15th of the year for the third baseman, which is the third-most in the National League. Frazier is also among the league leaders in runs scored and slugging percentage in what's been a breakout year.
Josh Donaldson snapped his 33 at-bat hitless streak with an RBI single on Sunday afternoon. Donaldson's hit was a weak single to the right side on a defensive swing and he continues to look lost at the plate and has expressed some frustration. Donaldson had an incredible first two months of the season that started up for MVP discussion, but has been brutal in June on both sides of the ball.
Derek Norris was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer on Sunday afternoon as the Athletics blew out the Yankees. On Mother's Day, Norris hit two three-run homers and now on Father's Day he adds a third three-run bomb. He now has 7 homers and 29 RBI.
Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and two singles in Sunday's win over the Red Sox. Santana has become comfortable hitting out of the No. 8 spot in the Indians order and he should return to the middle of the lineup as he steadily makes his climb back to the Mendoza Line. Now batting .190 on the season, Santana finally appears to be starting to look like the player who was one of the better hitters at his position over his previous four seasons in the big leagues.
- The Kansas City Royals have won seven straight games after completing a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. The Royals have hit 14 home runs in their last 16 games. The Royals improved to 12-4 in its last 16 games, in which they have averaged 5.1 runs per game. This is the type of team the Royals envisioned after making an impressive second-half run at a Wild Card berth last season.
- Mega prospect Gregory Polanco became the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to get a hit in each of his first six games since Roberto Clemente did it in 1955. Polanco went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Marlins and is now the owner of a .387 batting line.