Jeff Samardzija in a White Sox uniform?
If the South Siders keep playing well, they could find themselves in a playoff race, and that could mean requiring the services of a starting pitcher not currently part of the organization.
It's no secret the Cubs will be shopping their top starter, Jeff Samardzija, come the trade deadline. Having put together two of the best months of any pitcher in baseball this season, could Samardzija be an option for a contending Sox team?
The idea of teaming Samardzija with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana is tempting. But the Cubs and Sox haven't made a trade since swapping David Aardsma and Neal Cotts back in 2006, the only trade between the two teams this millennium.
And there are other, more long-term concerns that arise, too, as ESPN 1000's Carmen DeFalco pointed out on SportsTalk Live on Thursday.
"To me, that's a stay-way," DeFalco said. "And that's not a knock against Jeff Samardzija at all. ... The Cubs are going to get a huge haul for Jeff Samardzija. Look what they got for Garza last year, and Samardzija's having a better year. They're going to get a huge haul. So you're giving up big-time prospects, then you're going to have to pay him. If you want to pay somebody else's 30-year-old free agent, wait for (Detroit's Max) Scherzer to hit the market ... and not give up prospects."
Check out more of the discussion in the video above.