Will Giants Trade Samardzija? Krukow: ‘Kind of a Weird Situation'

In the middle of their win over the Pirates on Tuesday night, the Giants traded Eduardo Nunez.

With the deadline about five days away, is Jeff Samardzija next?

"I think Samardzija is a guy that you'd want to add to your playoff run if you're an organization that's looking for a spot in the rotation," Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "But I just think it's unlikely ... you're talking about a guy who's got some pretty big nickel on the backside of his contract...

"If you're gonna deal that to somebody, the Giants are gonna have to absorb some of that money to get a better prospect. Or if the team that wants him is gonna have to eat more money, they're not gonna give up that much of a prospect."

Samardzija is owed $18 million in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

He is 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA through 20 starts this season.

His last two outings haven't exactly boosted his trade value:

1) July 16 at Padres -- 6 IP, 7 ER, 9 H
2) July 21 vs Padres -- 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H

Last year, Samardzija went 12-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 32 starts, and he registered a 2.45 ERA over his final 10 starts.

His contract also includes some limited no-trade protection in that he can select eight teams to which he would agree to be traded.

"So it's kind of a weird situation, and I do believe that it's unlikely he's going anywhere," Krukow said. "I hope he doesn't go anywhere."

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