Giants: Pros and cons of trading veteran starter Jeff Samardzija
Con #2: Even lower team morale
Players on the Giants are smart. They know that in all likelihood the front office has no intention of trying to win for the next few years. Trading Samardzija would be just another affirmation of that reality.
Ballplayers are professionals, so you know they are going to go out and compete day-in and day-out.
However, I fear it has already sent a negative message when the front office lets arguably their three best players from the 2019 season (Bumgarner, Will Smith and Kevin Pillar) go without much of a fight.
If Samardzija were the next to go, it could make some of the younger players view the front office with a wary or distrustful eye.
We all know baseball is a business, but guys want to go out and win. If you take away another respected veteran like the Shark, then perhaps some players start to question how wise Zaidi really is by so openly showing no interest in contending.
So there you have it, two pros and two cons for trading Jeff Samardzija.