Angels: Four players they could trade for in 2020
3) SP Jeff Samardzija
Entering the final season of a 5-year, $90 million deal, the Giants, who are in complete rebuilding mode, should look to trade the 35-year-old for future assets.
After an injury-riddled 2018 campaign, Samardzija bounced back last season, starting 32 games (8th in the NL) and pitching to a 3.52 ERA. The veteran righty would give the Halos a steady presence in a rotation of young arms and veterans hoping to become late bloomers.
While Samardzija has lost a little juice in his fastball (his velocity a career low 91.9 MPH last season), his spin rate ranked in the top 97th percentile in baseball, according to Baseball Savant. Using a variety of fastball pitches, he mixes a four-seamer with a cutter and a sinker, getting opposing hitters to swing and miss on 20 percent of his four-seam offerings.
The amount general manager Billy Eppler would need to surrender to acquire Samardzija would depend on how well he pitches to start the season, how strong the demand for him is from other contending teams, and most significant, how much of his contract Los Angeles would be willing to absorb. The Angels could use their luxury tax breathing room to add a legitimate veteran to their rotation this season.