Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe notes that Samardzija, who is 0-4 with a 1.46 ERA, is being watched more than any pitcher by major league scouts.
Among those watching are the Blue Jays, who are more convinced than ever they can win the AL East if they obtain a top starter.
Toronto is currently in first place in the American League East standings with a record of 28-22, but it’s offense that has been carrying the Blue Jays — their staff ERA of 4.22 ranks 25th in the major leagues and their 1.42 staff WHIP ranks 28th.
Samardzija is making $5.345 million in his second year of arbitration. He can hit free agency after 2015.
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