Trending Orioles News - Orioles favorites to trade for Jeff Samardzija

In Orioles news tonight, the Baltimore Orioles may be looking to make quick inroads on a very winnable A.L. East this year by acquiring Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija via trade.

Per Bruce Levine of CBS Sports, "the Baltimore Orioles appear to be the leading team of interest in the sweepstakes for Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, as sources confirmed the two teams are mutually interested."

"The Orioles have premium young pitching that the Cubs will insist on if they are going to move their ace," adds Levine. Right-handed pitchers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Hunter Harvey and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez top the list of young arms the Cubs are scouting."

Dylan Bundy may be the prize the Cubs are after. Bundy is one year removed from Tommy John surgery, and has a plus fastball and curve which his intrigued scouts for years.

The Chicago Cubs are said to be two years away from legitimately having the funds to field a contender, so their interest in finding young, cheap talent they can bring up in that time frame could very well turn this deal into a reality well before July's trade deadline.


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