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Report: Giants drawing interest in Jeff Samardzija, Hunter Strickland

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With the non-waiver trade deadline less than two weeks away, trade rumors are starting to heat up. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are drawing interest in starter Jeff Samardzija and reliever Hunter Strickland.

Samardzija, 32, has struggled this year, owning a 4.86 ERA despite an impressive 135/14 K/BB ratio in 124 innings. He has allowed 20 home runs, putting him on pace to break his current career-high of 29. As Schulman notes, teams value Samardzija for his ability to eat innings. He’s under contract for the next three seasons at $18 million each.

Strickland, 28, has a 1.91 ERA with a 36/19 K/BB ratio in 33 innings of work this season. He will enter his first of four years of arbitration eligibility after the season.

The Giants enter play Tuesday at 35-59, just 3.5 games “ahead” of the Phillies for the worst record in baseball. It would not be surprising to see the Giants trade other veterans along with Samardzija and Strickland leading up to the July 31 deadline.

Brewers are interested in Jake Arrieta

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.

The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.

Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.