Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun:
Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching.
Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118 games this summer. He’s a strong defensive center fielder and only expected to get around $6.5 million in salary arbitration for 2014.
Rasmus will be a free agent after the 2014 season and the Jays obviously aren’t sure they can sign him to a long-term extension. So they may as well make an upgrade at an area of great need — the rotation.
The Blue Jays ranked ninth in the majors in runs scored in 2013. They ranked 25th in runs allowed.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.